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for you, your family, your neighborhood
East
King
County
Multilingual
Resource Guide




                                2007 v.4
ERIC and EHSF wish to thank the following sponsors:




 ERIC · eastside refugee and immigrant coalition
IntRoduCtIon
The idea for this Resource Guide started in 2001 when local agencies, City
staff, United Way, teachers, police, and other community members gathered to
form the Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition (ERIC). ERIC works to
improve services for immigrants and refugees and to make sure that families
can access the help they need. ERIC has grown to over 100 members, several
of whom are immigrants or are second-generation immigrants, and are working
to help people from their own culture and others as well.

ERIC knew that one of the problems immigrants and refugees face is not
knowing what resources are available to them, especially if they do not speak
or read much English. Many people come from countries that do not have
the kinds of services and help that are available here in the United States.
Immigrants are often surprised to find out about free services in the community.
All throughout the United States, there are people and organizations that
provide services for families and individuals who may be struggling financially
or who need help getting adjusted to living in the U.S. Sometimes, it may be
difficult to trust others or to feel comfortable asking for help, but we hope that
this Guide will give you and your family the information you may need.

In addition to 22 sections on general topics there is also a section with special
tips and information. These are things others wish they had known when they
first moved to the community.

This Guide is available in Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese
as well as English. Some of the information may change over time, such
as addresses and phone numbers of agencies. Most organizations listed in
the Guide have websites; these are almost always in English. But, if you or
someone you know speaks some English, they can be a very helpful place to
find out more about services. With a library card, you can use computers for
free in your local library to access the internet.

There are a few agencies that help your specific culture and community in the
language you speak, but some of the places listed in this Guide may not have
anyone who speaks your language. Ask for an interpreter if there is no one on
hand who speaks your language.

 the American Red Cross Language Bank
The Language Bank serves non-profits and individuals throughout King and
Kitsap Counties. They have 442 volunteers who speak over 75 languages and
dialects. They provide interpretation in person and over the phone 24 hours a
day, seven days a week. All services are confidential. They can also translate
simple documents. In some cases, they are not able to provide interpretation
services, but they can help refer you to other service providers.
Interpretations are free for individuals.
(A minimal fee is charged to non-profit organizations to utilize the Language
Bank throughout the year.)

To request an interpreter:
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., call (206) 709-4522.

For emergency assistance after hours, call (206) 323-2345 or
Community Information Line ..................................1-800-621-4636
                                                              (206) 461-3200
You can ask for an interpreter for your language when you call the above
numbers


We Welcome Your Feedback

If you have any comments, additions or corrections to tell us about, please send
a letter to:
          Carrie Hite
          Eastside Human Services Forum
           .O.
          P Box 97010
          Redmond, WA 98073

Or send an email to ERICleaders@hotmail.com

(Please write to us in whatever language you are most comfortable with.)
ACknoWLEdgEmEntS

Many people and organizations put their time, skills, and passion into the
creation of the Multilingual Guide. The Eastside Refugee and Immigrant
Coalition (ERIC) and Eastside Human Services Forum (EHSF) gratefully
acknowledge the commitment and dedication of all who contributed to the
project.

Committee members: Representatives from these organizations met on a
monthly basis throughout the past two years to complete the project. Thanks
to those organizations for their commitment:
  American Red Cross
  Bellevue Community College
  Chinese Information and Service Center
  City of Bellevue
  City of Kirkland
  Diana Lindner, MD, FAAP
  Eastside Literacy Council
  Hopelink
  Public Health – Seattle & King County

Financial, volunteer and in-kind contributions:
  Americorps-VISTA
  City of Bellevue
  City of Kirkland
  City of Redmond
  Eastside Community Network
  Fremont Public Association
  United Way of King County

English Version writers:
A Regional Coalition for Housing, Bellevue Community College, Chinese
Information and Service Center, City of Bellevue, City of Kirkland, Crossroads
Mini City Hall, Eastside Literacy Council, Eastside Domestic Violence Program,
Family and Child Early Support, Hopelink, Starla Bailey, Tim Bernthal, Anne
Curtis, Franz Loewenherz-Metro, Mary Jo Magruder, Kathy Moore, Diane
Pawluck, Louis Watanabe and additional information provided by Tenant Net
and the Landlord Tenant law website: http://www.atg.wa.gov/consumer/lt/.

Translation of the Guide into Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese
was a huge undertaking. ERIC was fortunate to find community members
with translation skills who were willing to provide their time and expertise to
translate the Guides. Many of them are immigrants themselves, and all were
committed to helping the community.
The following participated on the translation teams:
Augusto Aguilera, Asian Counseling and Referral Services, Ngan T. Bui, Gina
Cogan, Laura Cooper, the Crossroads Community Center Latina Mother’s
Group, Yuxin Deng, Young-Hee Choi Dwyer, Oliver Hsu, Grace Kuan, Tra-My
Lam, Daniel Inbae Kim, Karla Miranda, Gauhar Nguyen, Kristy Nguyen, Olga
Petrova, Janitzia N. Pizarro, Tania Rzhondkovska, Le S. Tran, Thuy Tran, Sang
Pil Yun
The following donated specific services:
City of Kirkland, Sarah St. George and Dimitri Ancira (computer design and
layout), Sherry Grindeland, Seattle Times, English version editing, Phil Noble
(legal consultation), Steven Winters of Lane Powell Spears Lubersky (legal
consultation).

ERIC and EHSF also thank the staff at Hopelink and Crossroads Community
Center for offering regular meeting space.

There are two other very special people that contributed to this project. Without
their unwavering commitment and dedication, the guide would not be what it is
today. ERIC and EHSF wish to gratefully thank Debbie Lacy, consultant to the
project, and Maria Soriano, VISTA volunteer, for their energy and commitment
to the project.
tABLE oF ContEntS
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     Banking                                        8-9

     Employment                                   10-13
      Employment Services
      Temp Agencies
      Tax Information and Assistance

Aa   Learning English and Other Adult Education   14-16

     Legal Information                            17-19
      Immigrant rights
      Housing Discrimination

     Starting a Business                          20-21

     Transportation and Driving                   22-31
      Public Transportation
      Owning a Vehicle
      Services for People with Disabilities
      Driving a Vehicle
YouR FAmILY

     Childcare                                    32-35
      Head Start and Early Head Start
      Help Paying for Child Care or Preschool
      Immunizations

     Children’s Education                         36-37

     Domestic Violence Resources                  38-40

     Financial Help, Food and Clothing            41-45

     Health Services: Medical and Dental          46-50
tABLE oF ContEntS
   Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol, and Crisis Services      51-55

   Services for People with Disabilities                   56-59

   Telephone Services                                      60-61

YouR nEIgHBoRHood

   City Services                                           62-65

   Emergency Services: Police and Fire                     66-68

   Housing and Shelter                                     69-79
   Owning a Home
   Rental Housing
   Emergency, Shelter & Transitional Housing
   Rental Information (Tenant-Landlord Information)

   Library                                                 80-81

   Post Office                                             82-85

   Neighborhood Activities and Recreation                  86-88

   Utilities (Electricity, Gas and Water)                  89-92

   Additional Information                                 93-100

   Conversion Table                                     back page
  BAnkIng

 IS MY MONEY SAFE IN A BANK?
 Yes. Keeping it in bank means you don’t have to worry
 about your money being stolen or lost. You can earn
 interest from some accounts. With a checking account,
 you can write checks to pay for things, and this creates
 a record of payment that you can review. Checking, savings,
 and retirement accounts as well as certificates of deposit are
 FDIC insured. The FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) is a part
 of the federal government that protects your money in case of bank failure.
 Specifically, it insures each depositor up to $100,000 if the bank fails.

 Some things are not FDIC insured even if you buy them in a bank. Some
 examples are: stocks, bonds, mutual funds and investment products.

 How To Choose a Bank
 Be sure that you choose a bank that can do the types of transactions you
 want and has the services you need. For example, if you are going to transfer
 money to your home country, make sure your bank can
 do international transactions easily. Your local phone    Other Services
 book has a listing of banks in your area. Find out         at Your Bank
 which one will be best for you.                            The bank may
                                                                  provide you with
 About Checking or Savings Accounts                               these and other
 You will need to show some form of identification to            services (you may
                                                                 have to pay a fee)
 open an account. The bank may require 2 forms of
 identification from you like: a drivers license, U.S.         • Loans (home/auto)
 visa, resident visa (green card), passport, credit card,       • Cashier’s Checks
 current utility bill, school identification card, etc. Call   • Safe Deposit Boxes
 y o u r bank if you have questions about this.                   • Money Orders
                                                                • Traveler’s Checks
              Usually, you are required to deposit a
               minimum of $200 to open your account. And the bank will give
               you important papers about your account. Remember to keep
               this all together in a safe place. Each month, you will receive a
   statement from your bank that lists all your transactions, your beginning and
 ending balance (money in the account), and other information.

 ATM (automatic teller machines)
 These machines are convenient to use because you can take money from your
 account, or check your balance 24-hrs a day. You can get an ATM card at your
 bank and you will receive a PIN (personal identification number) to access


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money from the machines. Do not share your PIN with anyone. ATM machines
are located throughout the community in grocery stores, shopping malls, banks,
and many other places. If there is a fee for using the ATM, it will let you know
before proceeding with your transaction.

Credit Cards
It is very common in the U.S. to use credit cards to buy things and to pay
bills. It is a big industry that makes a lot of money off of credit card users
because most credit card companies charge high interest rates if you don’t pay
them off each month. You can get cash from ATM’s with credit cards, but the
interest rate is very high (sometimes over 20%). You can apply for a credit
card at your bank and there are many credit card companies that will send you
applications in the mail. Having a credit card and making regular payments
on it is a good way to establish credit; you need good credit if you want to get
a loan in order to purchase a car, house or other expensive items.




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  EmpLoYmEnt

    About Employment Services
    There are many places that can help you find a job.
    Many have people to give you advice on how to have
    successful interviews, write your resume, help you
    increase your computer skills and give you ideas on
    where to search. Call these places to see if you are
    eligible for their services.

  Bellevue Community College
  Has many resources for you if you are a community member or a student a t
  Bellevue Community College (BCC). These include the Career Center and
  WorkFirst/Worker Retraining programs, both located at BCC.
  Career Center .............................................................. (425) 564-2018
  Open for everyone to use. Offers help planning your career and finding jobs.
  Provides career advising, classes and workshops, work-study and internship
  opportunities, and resources on the computer.
  3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bellevue, WA B231 98007
  WorkFirst/Worker Retraining Programs............................. (425) 564-4054
  Requirements include a certain income level and being a parent. Call the
  program you are interested in to see if you are eligible. All WorkFirst and
  Worker Retraining programs listed here are free.
  3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bellevue, WA. B131 98007
  WorkFirst ESL ................................................................ (425) 564-4144
  Serves people who are parents, have permission to work in the U.S., and are
  currently looking for work. Classes help you improve reading, writing, and
  speaking skills in English, gain computer skills and find jobs.
  WorkFirst Computer Basics Class .................................... (425) 564-2363
  Short-term Computer and Software classes for parents. This class will teach
  you how to use the computer keyboard, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook,
  how to write a resume and how to use the internet. Also the program may help
  you find a job or paid internship.
  WorkFirst Advanced Computer Class............................... (425) 564-2363
  A short-term class for parents who have some skills using Microsoft Word and
  Excel that teaches students advanced Word and Excel skills and prepares them
  for the MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) Certification. Also the program may
  help you find a job or paid internship.
  WorkFirst Financial Aid................................................... (425) 564-4178
  Free tuition and books for working parents enrolled in professional and
  technical programs. To be eligible, students must: Be a parent with dependent
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children, have a job (part-time or full-time), meet income guidelines, enroll in
approved courses and not be receiving any other financial assistance covering
books, tuition, and fees.
Worker Retraining .......................................................... (425) 564-4054
Offers tuition assistance, help finding education, and priority registration for
those who are currently collecting unemployment or have exhausted those
benefits in the past two years. Also for displaced homemakers, or those who
were self-employed in a declining industry. Orientation for those interested.

Casa Latina: Centro de Ayuda Solidaria a los Amigos
Main Office ................................................................ (206) 956-0779
Day Workers’ Center .................................................... (206) 229-2272
Serves Latino immigrants. The Day Workers’ Center is a place where day
workers can assemble to go to jobs. Jobs typically last one day and the person
hiring pays the worker directly. While waiting for work, workers can participate
in English-as-a-second-language (ESL) classes and skills training.
2330 Western Ave., Seattle, WA 98121

Jewish Family Service
Employment Counseling & Job Placement ...................... (425) 643-2221
Provides job listings and job matching, employment application assistance, and
may help you receive employment training.
15821 NE 8th St, Suite 210, Bellevue WA 98008

Lake Washington Technical College: Employment Resource Center
Job Placement .............................................................. (425) 739-8113
Career Choice Workshop ............................................. (425) 739-8100
Provides help with resumes, job interview techniques, and access to Internet
resources. Conducts career choice and job search skills workshops. Offers job
placement services.
West Building, Room W-205, Kirkland, WA 98034

Refugee Resettlement Office
Job Search Program ..................................................... (206) 323-3152
The Job Search Program offers classes and individual coaching in job
readiness training. Employment specialists assist refugee clients with resumes,
applications, job searches and placements. Call for details.
1610 S. King St., Seattle, WA 98144

Westminster Chapel: Job Support Ministry
Chapel Receptionist ....................................................... (425) 562-8028
Volunteer Ministry Leader ............................................... (425) 558-2401
Provides help with resume preparation, interviewing skills and job searching.
Offers weekly meetings and maintains a place where you can search for jobs
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  that provides pamphlets, books, and computer access. May have volunteer
  Employment Agents and Career Counselors available to serve you.
  13646 NE 24th St., Bellevue, WA 98005

  WorkSource, Redmond ............................................. (425) 861-3700
                                                               TTY(425) 861-3708
  Provides help finding jobs, free use of computers, copiers, phones, fax machine,
  Internet access to jobs, classes on how to get and keep a job, and access to
  Unemployment Insurance. Offers translation, bilingual job counselors and
  workshops for refugees. Go to www.worksourceskc.org/locations/redmond.asp
  to find job listings and resources to help you get back to work.
  7735 178th Place NE, Redmond, WA 98052

  YWCA Family Village
  Eastside Employment Services ........................................ (425) 556-1352
  Provides assistance writing resumes and cover letters, interview practice,
  personalized advice about training and education, Internet access, job postings
  and telephones. Also offers professional clothing.
  16601 NE 80th St., Redmond, WA 98052

  State Unemployment Office
  English and other languages, TTY .................................. 1-800-318-6022
  If you have been laid off or lost your job through no fault of your own, you may
  qualify for unemployment insurance benefits. These benefits are a temporary
  source of income while you look for work, or in some cases, while you retrain.
  Apply on the internet: www.go2ui.com

   About temporary Employment Agencies (“temp Agencies”)
  Temporary employment or staffing agencies, also known as temp agencies,
  hire workers to work for different employers for a short -term temporary basis.
  The temp job may last from one day to six months and longer. Temp agencies
  provide workers to employers. Temp agencies receive payment from employers
  for this service. A temp worker does not pay any fees to the temp agency
  and is considered an employee of the temp agency. The temp agency pays
  the temp worker directly. Temporary work offers flexibility to the worker, but
  does not offer long term job stability or health insurance and usually pays less
  than what a worker would receive if he/she worked directly for the company.
  Some of the jobs for immigrants with limited English-speaking skills include
  assembly work, housekeeping work, and construction help.




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 taxes
Income tax is a complicated topic. Here is some basic
information. Noncitizens who are living and working
in the U.S. are expected to file income tax returns no
matter what their immigration status is. This includes
undocumented workers. If you worked and earned
income in the U.S. at any time during the tax year,
you must file income tax forms by April 15. The Internal
Revenue Service (IRS) is the U.S. government institution
that oversees the withholding and filing of taxes. Taxes pay for services and
assistance for low income people. Health care, education, housing, care for the
environment, job training, and the U.S. military all are funded by taxes.
Most employers will withhold taxes from your paycheck during the year and
will send you a form (called a W-2) that shows the income amount you earned
and how much tax was deducted from your pay. Sometimes, too much tax
is withheld and you may be eligible for a refund from the government. Other
times, you may not have paid enough and you will owe taxes. There is a special
tax credit called the “Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)” for low-income
families that can reduce the amount of taxes you owe and possibly give you a
larger refund; find out if you are eligible. You can get a copy of most tax forms
at your local library, post office or on the internet at www.irs.gov.
If you are worried or confused about paying taxes and need more information,
many libraries have free tax help during “tax season” which is January 1st
through April 15th. Sometimes agencies such as Hopelink also have free help
with interpreters available. Contact them to find out:

 Bellevue        (425) 943-7555             14812 Main St. Ste. A-1
                                            Bellevue, WA 98007
 Redmond         (425) 882-0241             16225 NE 87th St.
                                            Redmond, WA 98052-3536
 Kirkland        (425) 889-7880             302 First St.
                                            Kirkland, WA 98033-6129
 Bothell         (425) 485-6521             18220 96th Ave. NE
                                            Bothell, WA 98011-3390
 Carnation       (425) 333-4163             31957 E. Commercial St.
                                            Carnation, WA 98014

There are also many tax accountants who will help you; they will charge you
money for their services. Be careful, because some of them have very high fees
or will charge you extra to give you an early refund.




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  LEARnIng EngLISH And otHER AduLt EduCAtIon

  English as a Second Language (ESL)
  New immigrants need to learn English to shop at the
  grocery, call the doctor or talk to a child’s teacher.
  English is needed on the job to speak with customers,                          Aa
  read instructions and fill out accident reports.

  Community Colleges, the library, churches and Community-based social service
  organizations such as Hopelink offer free classes at many locations, both day and
  evening at various instructional levels. They may have citizenship preparation
  classes. Students learn to use and understand English they use on the job as
  well as in other aspects of daily life and they also may learn about U.S. culture.
  In most ESL classes adults practice listening, speaking, reading and writing.
  Talk Time groups are more casual, focusing on conversation practice.

  Call each agency directly to find out if you are eligible and to learn about the
  registration and testing procedures, if any. Each program has its own focus and
  requirements. The Community Colleges and Hopelink require a skill assessment
  test before starting classes or tutoring. Your score can be transferred from one
  institution to another. Many ESL classes have waiting lists.

  Other Adult Education
  Adults can also continue their education through community and technical
  colleges. These schools offer 2 year degrees and preparation for jobs in many
  popular fields. Students must pay tuition, but scholarships may be available.

   Helpful Places - Learning English and Other Adult Education

  Asian Counseling and Referral Service
  Citizenship classes and vocational education.
  Bellevue........................................................................ (425) 284-0017
  12808 Northup Way, Suite 100, Bellevue, WA 98005
  Seattle .......................................................................... (206) 695-7511
  720 8th Ave S, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98104

  City of Bellevue Mini City Hall.................................. (425) 452-2800
  Talk Time is held at Crossroads Community Center and Crossroads Mall.
  Contact Bellevue Mini City Hall for more information; multilingual volunteers
  available.
  www.cityofbellevue.org


  Elder and Adult Day Services ................................... (425) 452-4282
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Sponsored by the City of Bellevue, U.S. Citizenship classes held Saturdays
2:30-4:30pm, no cost.
12831 NE 21st Place, Bellevue, WA 98005

Bellevue Community College .................................. (425) 564-2341
Most ESL classes meet 8 hours per week. Practical life skills, some job
preparation and transition to college preparation classes. Some child care. A
Basic Skills class and Talk Time are also available.
3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bellevue, WA 98007
www.bcc.ctc.edu

Cascadia Community College..............(425) 352-8158 or 352-8860
ESL classes two evenings a week, both on campus and at Redmond and Bothell
Libraries. Additional Talk Time, Computer time and individual tutoring are also
available on campus.
18345 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011
www.cascadia.ctc.edu

Chinese Information and Service Center .................. (206) 624-5633
English classes at a variety of Senior Centers on the Eastside (North Bellevue,
Kirkland, and South Bellevue).
www.cisc-seattle.org

Hopelink/Eastside Literacy Program ......................... (425) 643-1912
Dozens of small ESL classes and Talk Time groups held at Hopelink and at
elementary schools, churches, senior centers and libraries. Day and evening
sessions.
115015 Main St., Ste. 206, Bellevue, WA 98007
www.hope-link.org/programs/literacy

Jewish Family Service .............................................. (425) 643-2221
English and citizenship classes for immigrants and refugees. Some child
care.
15821 NE 8th St, Suite 210, Bellevue WA 98008
www.jfsseattle.org

Jubilee Reach Center ............................................... (425) 746-0506
English and citizenship classes for immigrants and refugees. Some child
care.
14200 SE 13th Pl., Bellevue, WA 98007

King County Library System ..................................... (425) 369-3454
Talk Time groups, citizenship preparation classes, and assistance with
application process. Materials in various languages. Library web page in

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  Korean, Russian and Spanish. More information is in the Library section.
  www.kcls.org

  Lake Washington Technical College ..(425) 739-8100 ext 656 or 331
  Daytime and evening ESL classes meet up to 15 hours a week; prepare students
  for jobs and vocational education (to prepare for work such as car mechanic,
  dental assistant, fitness trainer and many others). Tutoring center open 5 days
  a week and 2 evenings.
  11605 -132nd Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034
  www.lwtc.ctc.edu

  Refugee Resettlement Office .................. ELL Classes (206) 323-3152
  The English Language Learner classes focus on job related vocabulary and life
  skills. Please call for details.
  1610 S. King Street, Seattle, WA 98144

  St Louise Parish ....................................................... (425) 747-4450
  Beginners and intermediate ESL only. Registration required in late January or
  early September. Classes Monday and Thursday evenings.
  141 156th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA 98007

  Westminster Chapel ................................................ (425) 747-1461
  Talk Time classes on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. Drop ins are
  welcome.
  13646 NE 24th St., Bellevue, WA 98005

  St. James ESL .......................................................... (206) 382-4511
  Offers in-home tutoring for low- income immigrants and refugees who are blind
  or vusually impared. Citizenship tutoring also available for homebound adults
  in selected parts of King County, as well as Seattle.
  803 Terry Ave., Seattle WA 98104




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LEgAL InFoRmAtIon

                                  You might come from a country where free
                                  services are not available or where you
                                  couldn’t trust agencies to help you. So, it
                                  might be difficult for you to ask for help, but
                                  in the United States, there are many services
                                  and programs that have been created to help
                                  protect your rights.
     It’s important to:
   • Know your rights and         Although it can be uncomfortable, you may
        responsibilities
                                  need to ask questions and communicate your
 • Know where to go for help      needs to others so that you and your family
  • Know what to do to get        can benefit from the help that is available in
       your needs met
                                  the community. You have rights in many areas
                                  of life, such as education, disability, housing,
health care, employment, and domestic violence whether you are a U.S. citizen
or not. The resources listed here are available to people of different legal status
(U.S. citizen or otherwise), and they may ask you what your legal status is to
see what services apply to you.

If you believe that you have suffered discrimination based on your nationality
when you have tried to get a job, rent an apartment, buy a home, or obtain a
mortgage to buy a home, you can get help. See the “Helpful Places” section
to find out who to call.

Keep in mind that immigration law changes frequently. Contact resources
below for the latest information on your specific questions.

 Helpful Places - Legal Information

Northwest Immigrants Rights Project ........................ (206) 587-4009
                                                           1-800-445-5771
Northwest Immigrants Rights Project (NWIRP) is a non-profit legal services
office that provides legal representation and community education to low-
income refugees and immigrants in Washington State.
NWIRP provides assistance with a variety of immigration matters, including:
     • Applications for political asylum
     • Representation in removal (deportation) proceedings
     • Petitions under the violence against women act
     • Other immigration applications, including naturalization, family
         visas, and applications for replacement green cards
NWIRP does not provide assistance with the following:
     • Student (f-1) visas or tourist (b-1) visas
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   • Employment-based visa petitions
   • Investor visas
   • Questions from employers about immigration
  www.nwirp.org

  Catholic Community Services Legal Action Center .... (206) 324-6890
  Assists with landlord/tenant problems including eviction and other issues
  related to rental housing. Call for an appointment.
  12828 Northup Way, Suite 100, Bellevue WA 98005

  King County Bar Association .................................... (206) 267-7100
  Several free programs that are offered by volunteer attorneys and law
  students.
  1200 5th Ave., Ste. 600, Seattle, WA 98101

  King County Office of Civil Rights ............................ (206) 296-7592
  The King County Office of Civil Rights investigates allegations of discrimination
  in housing, public accommodations, employment and contracting in
  unincorporated King County only (outside city limits).
  TTY (206)296-7592
  400 Yesler Way, Room 260, Seattle WA 98104
  www.metrokc.gov/dias/ocre/

  The Washington State Human Rights Commission ...1-800-233-3247
  Enforces state law against discrimination including housing and employment.
  TTY (206) 587-5168
  1511 3rd Ave #921, Seattle, WA 98101
  www.hum.wa.gov

  Northwest Justice Project .......... 1-888-201-1012 or (206) 464-1519
  Provides free legal advice and representation to eligible refugees and immigrants
  about public benefits. Naturalization assistance is provided to immigrants with
  disabilities. Clients must be at or below 125% of federal poverty level and
  must be able to document citizenship or legal resident status in certain specific
  categories. Provides legal advice and representation in family law cases
  involving domestic violence.
  TTY 1-888-201-9737
  www.nwjustice.org

  Eastside Legal Assistance Program .......................... (425) 747-7274
  Provides legal assistance and education at no cost to low-income qualified
  persons living east of Lake Washington and north of Renton. Includes advice
  clinics, self-help workshops, lectures, Wills Project, and Domestic Violence
  Legal Fund. There are 6 legal clinics.: Crossroads Community Center, Jewish
  Family Service, Friends of Youth/Issaquah and Bellevue, Redmond and Kirkland
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Senior Centers. Three are for general civil law (non-family law issues). One
clinic handles only family law and domestic violence cases. One clinic works
with Russian and Spanish speaking clients, and the other covers immigration
issues. All clinics provide a free 30 minute appointment for legal advice and
consultation. The program does not assist with criminal matters.
TDD (425) 747-1663

Northwest Women’s Law Center ............................. (206) 682-9552
Phone service only, does NOT provide legal advice or representation.

Legal Information & Referral .................................. (206) 621-7691
Provides telephone information about legal rights and options. Also provides
an attorney referral service; attorneys are listed by areas of expertise as well
as location. Can provide referrals to bilingual attorneys for clients who do not
speak English.
TYY (206) 521-4317
3161 Elliott Ave., Ste. 101 Seattle WA 98121




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  StARtIng A BuSInESS

  A clear statement of your business idea is
  important. The idea should be something that you
  can test out without too much time or expense. If
  someone else can’t understand it, that may be a
  sign the idea is wrong or too complicated.

  If you are interested in starting a business, the best
  way to learn about that business is to work for a similar
  company. You will be more successful if you focus on what you
  do best and develop more skills. When you are ready to start your own business,
  set goals and make your plans.

  Make sure that you have enough money to start the business because growing
  businesses initially consume more money than they take in. Many business
  owners started their businesses with personal savings or with investments from
  friends and family. While banks do make business loans, they generally like to
  work with businesses that have been operating for at least 2 years. Sometimes
  it is better to start small and try out a business part-time to see if it will
  work.


      Successful business owners ask the following
      questions when starting a business:
      1) Marketing
         Are there enough customers to support your business?
        • Who are your customers?
        • What do they need and what do they care about?
        • How much are they willing to pay?
        • How will customers know about your business?
        • Where will customers go to get your product or service?
      2) Operations
         How will the business deliver on your promises?
       •                              What work needs to be done?
       •                                                      Who will do that w
       •                                     When does the work need to be done
      3) Finances
         Where does the money come from and where does it go?
        •                                                 Will you have en
        •                                                        After star
        •                                                 How much will t


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 Helpful Places - Starting a Business

When you start a company, you have some legal choices about how you set it
up. The three main forms of business are: sole proprietorships, partnerships,
and corporations. One place where you can find on-line information on the legal
process is with the Washington State Department of Licensing, Master License
Service at www.dol.wa.gov or (360) 664-1400.

Call the Bellevue Entrepreneur Center (BEC) at (425) 464-2888 for further
business information. Eastside business owners, particularly women, minority
and immigrant businesses, can use a range of business services at no cost that
are pre-paid by government, private industry, and community organizations.The
services range from business counseling, referrals for help with financing and
training, and consulting projects that harness the expertise from colleges and
volunteer experts. These organizations invest in the BEC because they know
that helping small business owners generates new taxes, expands business, and
provides incomes and jobs for our community.

Refugee Resettlement Office
Individual Development Account Program ................ (206) 323-3152
The Jump Start Fund offers loans to those with refugee or asylee status
interested in starting a small business. Please call for details.
1610 S. King Street, Seattle, WA 98144




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  tRAnSpoRtAtIon And dRIvIng
   About public transportation
  There are different types of public transportation. The cost
  you pay to use public transportation is different depending
  on your age and if you have a disability. Public
  Transportation agencies offer special services for
  seniors and people with disabilities. Many transit
  systems have a free program called Travel Training
  to assist the elderly, people with disabilities and
  non-English speakers learn to ride the buses. Call your
  local transit agency for more information on Travel Training.

  There also are many Park & Ride lots you may find useful. Park & Rides are
  places where you can park your car and easily connect with transit services.

  Where to Find Bus Schedules: Schedules are available free-of-charge on
  the buses, in libraries (see Library section), shopping centers, and downtown
  Seattle. City Halls also have them (See the City section for locations). Call the
  transit agency for other locations.



     Riding the Bus

    At your Bus Stop:
    Look at the signs showing the different buses
    that stop there. Arrive at least 5 minutes
    before the bus is supposed to leave.

    On the Bus:
    Be ready with exact cash, or a ticket, pass or transfer. Drivers do not
    have change. Put your cash or ticket in the fare box next to the driver,
    or show the driver you pass or transfer. If you’d like the bus driver to
    tell you when the bus has reached your stop, sit in the front seats and
    ask the driver to tell you. Please give front seats to seniors and disabled
    passengers.

    Leaving the Bus:
    Leave by the rear door, but if you have a bicycle with you, leave by the
    front door and let the driver know you need to take your bicycle If you
    cannot reach the first step on the bus, let the driver know. The driver may
    lower the bus. If you are not able to use the steps, let the driver know
    and he or she may lower a lift or ramp.

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Tips on Using the Bus Schedule
Buses usually go in 2 directions, so be sure you are looking at the route in the
direction you want to go. If you know when you need to be at your destination,
work backward in the schedule to see when you need to be at the bus stop. Call
the transit agency or ask the bus driver for more help.

Transferring is connecting between different bus routes or bus systems. If you
have to transfer for your trip, ask the driver on your first bus when you pay for
the ride for a transfer (this is a small piece of paper). The transfer may not
cover the entire cost of your next bus ride, so ask the driver if you are unsure.

Paying For Your Ride
There are many ways to pay for your trip such as cash, monthly passes and
tickets. You can buy passes and ticket books at many places like drug stores,
other stores or from transit agencies directly. Call your transit agency for more
information. One commonly used pass is the “Puget Pass.” Animals and helpers
needed for travel by customers with disabilities may ride free.

Riding Rules
Each transit system has rules that riders must follow. You are not allowed to
eat, drink or smoke on buses. Food and drink must be kept in closed containers.
Children must be removed from strollers and strollers must fit between the
seats. Animals helping you are welcome and need to be on a leash or harness.
There are many more rules; you can ask your transit agency or bus driver about
them.

For Seniors and People Who Need Extra Help Entering Buses
Call your local transit agency for more information on the services below:

Regional Reduced Fare Permit:
If you are 65 or older or if you have a disability, you may qualify for this
permit. It allows you to ride at a lower fare. Call your local transit agency for
more information.

Ramps and Lifts:
Drivers know how to help people board and keep their wheelchairs on the bus
safely. Most buses have lifts or ramps that may be used at bus stops.

Ridematch:
People of similar schedules ride together in a vehicle.

ADA Paratransit Service:
For people who have disabilities and are unable to use regular buses, each
transit agency offers paratransit service that works at the same time and in
the same route as regular buses. Call the transit agency in your area and ask
about this service.
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  About King County Metro
  Information provided by and used with permission from King County Metro.
  King County Metro Transit provides transportation services to most places in
  King County. Metro buses connect to Community Transit and Sound Transit.

  Travel Training
  For non-English speakers, people with disabilities and the elderly there is a
  short video available on how to ride the bus. Call 206-533-3060 or visit
  http://transit.metrokc.gov and type in “how to ride the bus” in the metro
  search box.
  Fares
  Pay the bus fare on the bus with cash, a bus pass or a ticket. Drivers do
  not give change. You can buy bus passes and tickets by phone, mail, fax, or
  in person at a Metro customer service office. There are also many shopping
  locations that sell tickets and passes. Please contact King County Metro or see
  a bus schedule for more information.
  Paratransit Service
  Metro provides many services like lifts and ramps on buses and vans for people
  who are disabled or have difficulty using steps. Call to register with Metro
  ahead of time to use these services.

  Community Transit serves Snohomish County and provides express service
  to downtown Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond and the University of Washington.
  Community Transit connects with Metro and Sound Transit.

  Sound Transit serves King County and provides services in many areas. It
  connects with Community Transit, Everett Transit and Metro.

  Other Transportation
  Airplane
  Most airlines allow 2-3 bags per person. Check with your
  airline about the weight and size of luggage you are allowed
  to bring.
  Bicycle
  Riding a bicycle is not expensive. Many streets have marked
  “bike lanes” and there are many regional trails for bicycles.
  There are no license requirements. Bicyclists must wear
  helmets and obey all traffic laws.
  Motorcycle
  You must have a license to operate a motorcycle. The motorcycle must be
  registered and insured. Call a licensing office for details. Motorcyclists must
  wear helmets.
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Taxi
You must call the taxi company for pickup. Taxis are expensive. Pay by cash;
drivers carry very little change. Some accept credit cards. To find a taxi
company, look under “Taxis” in your phone book.
Train
Train cars are accessible to travelers with wheelchairs.

 Helpful Places - Transportation

 king County metro
http://transit.metrokc.gov
Customer Service ....................... (206) 553-3060 or TTY (206) 684-2029
Routes and Schedules ......................1-800-205-5001 or (206) 553-3000
                                                                     TTY (206) 684-1739
Bus Time.....................................................24 hour line (206) 287-8463

Paratransit.................................. (206) 263-3113 or TTY (206) 263-3116

Sound transit
www.soundtransit.org ................................................... 1-888-889-6368
                                                              or TTY 1-888-713-6030

 Community transit                                                          1-800-562-1375
www.commtrans.org ...................................................... (425) 353-7433
Travel Training ............................................................... (425) 348-2379
Paratransit.......................................(425) 347-5912 or 1-800-562-1381
                                                                          TTY (425) 347-7997

 Ridematch                                                                     1-888-814-1300
TTY .............................................................................. (206) 684-1855

Seattle-tacoma (Sea-tac) International Airport
17801 Pacific Highway S. Seattle, WA 98158 .................. (206) 433-5388

the Sounder, Amtrak                                                    1-800-872-7245




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  About owning a vehicle

  If you are a resident of Washington, your vehicle          For People who
  must be registered in Washington State. The                 Do Not Drive:
  words and phrases related to owning a vehicle              The Washington
  can be very confusing. Here are some things               Identification Card
  to keep in mind: Registering your Vehicle is the         You can get a photo
  same as Licensing your Vehicle. And a Vehicle            identification card if
  Registration is the same as a Washington              you do not drive. This is
  Vehicle License. A Title is a legal document           called the Washington
  saying that you own your vehicle and if you           Identification Card. Call
  took out a loan for the vehicle, the title is kept     a driver licensing office
  by the bank that gave you the loan.                     for more information.
  Many of the things you must do to legally own
  a vehicle in Washington are done at Vehicle Licensing Offices. These are not the
  same as Driver Licensing Offices. Information on Driver Licensing Offices is in
  the Driving a Vehicle section.
  If your vehicle is new, you will most likely register your vehicle at the place
  where you buy it, not the Vehicle Licensing office. The dealer will do most of
  the work required to register the vehicle in Washington, you will have to sign
  some papers and the dealer will charge you a registration fee.

  If your vehicle is not currently registered in Washington, or is a used vehicle
  this section will give you more information about Registering your Vehicle.

  WHEN MUST I REGISTER MY VEHICLE?
  HOW MUCH WILL REGISTRATION COST?
  Your vehicle must be registered within 30 days of becoming a Washington
  resident. You may receive a traffic fine if you are a resident and do not license
  your vehicle in this state. There are various fees associated with acquiring
  Vehicle Registration, contact a vehicle licensing office for more information.

  Things to Bring When Applying for Vehicle Registration
  The documents you need to bring to the Vehicle License Office depend on
  whether your vehicle is new or used. They are official documents that show
  that you own the car, like its title, and registration. You must bring personal
  identification in all cases and bring cash or a check to pay licensing fees and
  taxes. Call a vehicle licensing office to find out what you need to bring.

  Renewing Vehicle Registration
  Vehicle Registration is valid for one year. You should receive a renewal notice in
  the mail before your vehicle registration expires. Even if you don’t receive the
  notice, you must still renew before the expiration date.

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About Insurance
You are required to have liability insurance on your vehicle. You must carry
with you (at least in the vehicle) an identification card verifying you have a
valid vehicle liability insurance policy.

Emissions ................................. 1-800-272-3780 or (425) 649-7021
In King County, you have to have your vehicle’s emissions tested to limit air
pollutants if your car is 5 years or older. This is done as part of an Emission
Check Program.

About Tabs
In Washington, vehicles must have Tabs on the
back license plate. Tabs are colored stickers
that indicate the year and month they are valid.
For more information contact your vehicle
licensing office.

Seat Belt Laws
The law requires drivers to wear seat belts. All
passengers under age 16 must be in a seatbelt; smaller children need to be in
carseats or booster seats. There is a fine if you do not comply with this law.

Using Car Seats and Booster Seats
Children under 40 pounds must be in a car seat, according to Washington State
Law. A child who is less than 6 years of age but at least 4 or weighs between
40 and 60 pounds (18.1kg – 27.2kg) must be in a child booster seat when
both lap and shoulder belts are available. Put child seats in the back seat of
the vehicle. The law requires that children under 12 years must sit in the back
seat.

Services for people with disabilities

If you have a disability, you can get special identification cards, license plates
and placards that let other people know you are legally allowed to park in
parking spaces reserved for disabled people. Placards are hanging blue pieces
of paper that you attach to your rearview mirror when parking. Vehicles with
the license plates must be registered in the name of the disabled person.

To get the identification card, placard and license plates, you can find
applications at driver licensing offices or vehicle licensing offices. Or download
an application from the Department of Licensing website:
http://www.dol.wa.gov/forms/420073.htm
An identification card will be mailed directly to the disabled person. Disabled
parking plates and placards are only available at vehicle licensing offices.

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  Parking spaces for people with disabilities are near the entrances of stores,
  movie theaters, office buildings, community centers and other locations to give
  people with disabilities easier access. They are marked by signs or painted
  symbols in the parking space. There are fines for any unauthorized use of the
  disabled parking placard, plate, or identification card. For more information,
  call or visit a vehicle licensing office.

  Vehicle Licensing Offices
   BelRed Auto License                       Sno Falls Credit Union
   Crossroads                                9025 Meadow Brook Way SE
   15600 NE 8th Suite O -14                  Snoqualmie, WA 98065
   Bellevue, WA 98008-3947                   (425) 888-8705
   (425) 747-0444
   Eastside Auto Licensing                   Worthington Brokerage
   12006 NE 85th St                          Across from City Hall
   Kirkland, WA 98033                        10035 NE 183rd St
   (425) 828-4661                            Bothell, WA 98011
                                             (425) 481-1644

   About driving a vehicle
  In Washington, in order to drive a vehicle legally, you must have a current
  driver’s license or instruction permit and your vehicle must display vehicle
  license plates on the front and back.

  Who is Eligible?
  In order to get a license, you must be 18 years old. If you are at least 16 you
  must have permission form your parent or guardian and show proof that ou
  took an approved driver education course.

   obtaining a driver License
  If you drive, you must apply for a Driver License within 30 days of becoming
  a Washington resident. Go to the Driver Licensing Office to apply for a license,
  and be ready to:
    - Provide Identification Documents: There are many different documents
      they accept. You can find a long list in the Driver Guide (available free at
      Driver Licensing Offices), and see the “About Identification Documents”
      section below for some examples.
    - Provide a check to pay for the license.
    - Sign documents about your driving history.
    - Give your Social Security number (SSN). It may be used for identification
      purposes, and is kept on file at the Department of Licensing.

  You may also be tested on your vision, hearing and knowledge of Washington
  traffic laws (the knowledge test).
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How to Prepare for the Knowledge Test
Study the Washington State Driver Guide. The Driver Guide is free at any driver
licensing office. The Guide has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean,
Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.

About the Drive Test
During this test, you must drive a vehicle on a special course and/or actual
roads. A person from the Department of Licensing will ride with you. You must
drive your own vehicle. Before the test, a Licensing Services Representative will
inspect your vehicle. You will also need to present proof of Liability Insurance
for the vehicle. The drive test is required of applicants with licenses from all
other countries.

About Identification Documents
Many documents and different combinations of documents are acceptable.
Contact the driver licensing office for more information on what is accepted.
You may ask if the office has someone available that speaks your language or
bring someone who speaks English to the office to assist you. Or have someone
who speaks English call the office for you. If your identification documents are
not accepted, you may request an additional document review by speaking with
the driver licensing office.

Each of the items listed here may not be enough without accompanying items.
And, driver licensing representatives accept documents other than those listed
here.
  - An original USCIS, formerly Immigration and Naturalization Services
    (INS) form that contains your signature and photograph.
  - A passport from a foreign country that has not expired.
  - A letter from the Department of Social and Health Services. (See the
    Financial Assistance, Food and Clothing section for more information on
    DSHS.)
  - A Washington city or county police employee ID card, containing your
     signature and photograph.

The driver licensing office can accept some documents if they contain your
name and signature or name and date of birth. Call or visit them for more
information.

Identification Documents in Different Languages
If you present foreign documents, driver licensing representatives will make
every effort to read and interpret them. This may require that they fax your
document to another location. If no bilingual staff is available, you may be
asked to provide an English translation with the original document.


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  Washington’s Licensing Program for Teens
  Instruction permits are available for young people ages 15 – 18 years. The
  identification documents may be different and there are fees for getting licenses
  and permits. Contact a driver licensing office for more information.

  Driver Licensing Offices
   Bellevue                               North Bend
   525 156th Ave SE                       402 Main Ave S
   (425) 649-4281                         (425) 888-4040

   Bothell                                The Washington State
   18132 Bothell Way NE Ste B6            Dept. of Licensing
   (425) 483-1739                         1125 Washington St. SE
                                          Olympia, WA 98504
   Kirkland                               (360) 902-3900
   10639 NE 68th                          TDD (360) 664-8885
   (425) 827-0317                         TTY (360) 664-0116

  What to Do When Your License Expires
  Your first license will expire on the fifth year after it is issued. (The first license
  period may be less than five years.) Ask your licensing office about early
  renewals. Your license may be renewed at any driver licensing office. To renew
  your license, you must appear in person and pass a vision test. There is a cost
  to renew.

  Driving with a License from Another State or Country
  If you are at least 16 years of age and carry a valid Driver License issued to
  you in your home state, you may drive a vehicle in Washington for a period six
  months or less. If you have a license issued by another country you may operate
  a motor vehicle in this state for a period under one year.

  Senior Drivers
  State law allows licensed drivers age 55 and over to receive discounts on
  insurance payments if they complete an approved vehicle accident prevention
  class.The Washington State Department of Licensing has certified the following
  programs to offer senior driver accident prevention classes:

   AAA Washington                           Evergreen Safety Council
   1745 114th Ave. SE                       401 Pontius Ave. North
   Bellevue, Washington 98004               Seattle, Washington 98109
   (425) 462-2222                           1-800-521-0778 or
                                            (206) 382-4090


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Also, the AARP offers Mature Driver classes for drivers age 55 and over.
Courses available at local senior centers and may result in insurance discounts;
ask your insurance company for details.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
It is illegal to drive when you are affected by alcohol. Most people are unable
to drive safely before they become legally intoxicated (legal intoxication is
determined by the amount of alcohol in your body). Police officers may use a
breath test or other tests to see if you are intoxicated. A breath test is highly
accurate, simple and painless. If you are convicted of drunk driving, you may
face jail time, your license may be taken away and you may have to pay court
fees.




                            To report a drunk driver in
                                   Washington:
                       call 1-800-28-DRUNK or call 911




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   CHILdCARE
  This section was adapted from and used with permission by The
  Guide to Early Learning Opportunities in King County published
  by the Early Learning Access Project, funded by a federal Early
  Learning Access Project grant.

   About Child Care
  If parents work, they usually must find child care for their young children. Good
  child care is important in helping children grow up healthy and ready to learn.
  Finding good child care can be difficult. A good starting point is to contact
  Child Care Resources at (206) 329-5544. Child Care Resources is a not-for-
  profit resource and referral agency serving all residents of King County. They
  can give you names of child care providers, help you decide what kind of child
  care is best for your child, and give information on programs that can help you
  pay for child care. Their website (www.childcare.org) is also a good resource
  for parents.

   Help Finding Child Care

  Child Care Resources ............................................. (206) 329-5544
  For referral to licensed family child care homes, preschools and/or centers.
  Serves all families in the community.
  15015 Main St., Suite 206, Bellevue, WA 98007
  www.childcare.org

   Head Start and Early Head Start
  Head Start and ECEAP are comprehensive preschool programs serving low-
  income children and children with disabilities. Head Start is federally funded;
  ECEAP is state funded. Services include free preschool education, health
  and nutrition services and family support. The program is offered in many
  school districts and through community agencies, community colleges, child
  care centers and family child care homes. Head Start and ECEAP programs
  select families based on age, income and need. Please apply to the program to
  see if your family qualifies for services.

   Bellevue School District Head                     Issaquah Head Start
   Start                                             15025 SE 117th St.
   12111 NE 1st St.                                  Renton, WA 98059
   Bellevue, WA 98005                                (425) 837-7523
   (425) 456-6062




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 Bellevue Community College                  Lake Washington Head Start
 Head Start Early Learning Family            15130 NE 95th St.
 & Childcare Ctr Bldg                        Redmond, WA 98052
 3000 Landerholm Cr. SE                      (425) 882-8170
 Bellevue, WA 98007
 (425) 564-2308
 Children’s Services of SnoValley            Northshore Head Start
 ECEAP                                       19705 – 88th Ave. NE
 1407 Boalch Ave. NW                         Bothell, WA 98011
 North Bend, WA 98045                        (425) 489-6376
 (425) 888-2777
 Hopelink Head Start (Bellevue)              Redmond Family Village
 537 – 102nd Ave. SE                         YWCA Head Start
 Bellevue, WA 98004                          16601 NE 80th St.
 (425) 462-1456                              Redmond, WA 98052
                                             (425) 556-1355

Early Head Start
Head Start is available for children age 1 month to 5 years old at selected
family child care homes in East King County. Because this program is provided
in a childcare center, families must have a subsidy or other means to pay for
child care.
Puget Sound ESD .................................................... (206) 439-6910
400 SW 152nd St., Burien, WA 98166

Head Start programs select families based on age, income and need. Early
Head Start serves families living below the Federal Poverty Level, families who
have children with disabilities and some families with higher incomes, foster
children, and families receiving cash assistance (TANF, SSI). Please apply to
the program to see if your family qualifies for services.

Before and After School Programs
 Boys and Girls Clubs        Boys and Girls Clubs       Boys and Girls Clubs
 (Bellevue)                  (Kirkland)                 (Redmond)
 209 100th Ave. NE           10805 124th Ave. NE        7300 208th Ave. NE
 Bellevue, WA 98004          Kirkland, WA 98033         Redmond, WA 98052
 (425) 454-6162              (425) 827-0132             (425) 836-9295

Your child’s school may have information about additional programs.




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   Help paying for Child Care or preschool

  Working Connections DSHS .................................... (206) 341-7404
  Child Care Subsidy Program
  Working Connections serves families whose income is 175% of Federal Poverty
  Level and under.

  Child Care Financial Assistance Program (CCFAP)
  (Child Care Resources) ........................................... (206) 329-1011
  Provides child care financial assistance for the residents of certain cities
  outside the City of Seattle limits who are not qualified for any other child
  care subsidy programs and are working and/or in school. Serves families with
  income up to 80% of Median income for HUD (U.S. Department of Housing
  and Urban Development).

  Bellevue Schools Foundation
  (Bellevue School District) ........................................ (425) 456-4030
  Serves children 3 years through 5th grade. Pays for full day preschool and
  school age care in Bellevue School District child care. BSF supplements funds
  for City of Bellevue residents when DSHS Working Connections Child Care
  Subsidy Program or King County funds are insufficient. Serves families with
  income up to 80% of median income for HUD.

  Lake Heights Family YMCA Scholarship ........(425) 644-8417, ext 16
  Serves children 6 weeks to 12 years. Scholarship with parent paying difference
  between scholarship and full price of child care.
  Lake Heights Family YMCA, 5225 – 119th SE, Bellevue, WA 98006

  About Financial Assistance through Local Cities and Communities
  The cities of Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, and most north and east King
  County communities offer child care financial assistance through Child Care
  Resources for residents that meet income guidelines and other criteria. To find
  out if you qualify for this program, or to request an application, please call
  (206) 329-1011, ext. 218.

  Scholarships and Sliding Fee Scales
  Some organizations that sponsor early learning programs or child care providers
  offer scholarships or sliding fee scales. When you call a program, ask about
  availability of these lower cost options.




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Where to get Required Immunizations

Child Care Programs require that children have their immunizations. You can
get routine immunizations for children 6 weeks through 18 years of age at:

 Community Health          Public Health-          Northshore Public
 Centers of King           Seattle King County     Health
 County – Eastside         14350 SE Eastgate       10808 NE 145th St.
 16315 NE 87th St. B6      Way                     Bothell, WA 98011
 Redmond, WA 98052         Bellevue, WA 98007      (206) 296-9787
 (425) 882-1697            (206) 296-4920




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   CHILdREn’S EduCAtIon

   About Education
  All children between the ages of 8 and 18 must attend
  school in the state of Washington. It is the law and
  is called the “Becca Bill.” If a student does not
  attend school regularly, this law requires the school
  district to get involved and in some cases, parents and
  children must go to court. It is very important for parents to call the school’s
  attendance office when a child will miss school.

  Public education is free for children from age 5 through high school. Most
  children begin school at age 5 in “Kindergarten.” Kindergarten is for half-day;
  full day is also available at most schools, but you must pay for it. Schools have
  information about starting Kindergarten in the early part of each calendar
  year; contact your local school. The school year begins in early September and
  runs through the middle of June every year. Schools have lunches that children
  can buy and low-income families are eligible for free or reduced cost lunches.
  Apply at your child’s school.

  Before children can enter school, they must be vaccinated against certain
  illnesses. Your child’s doctor or Public Health nurse can tell you if your child’s
  immunizations are complete and up to date.

  To enroll your child in school, contact your nearest neighborhood school. Be
  prepared to bring the child’s birth certificate, immunization information, two
  emergency contacts, and social security number (optional).

  All children are entitled to specialized educational services, if they are eligible,
  up to age 21 or until they graduate from high school. To have your child
  tested for special needs, talk to your local school. Many schools offer services
  for students who do not speak English as their first language. Programs are
  different depending on the school and the district.

                  Parents are expected to participate actively in their children’s
                    education. This means talking with the teacher, reading to
                       your child, making sure their homework gets done, and
                         volunteering in the classroom, if possible. The best
                          way to ensure a good education for your child is to be
                          involved as much as you can.




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 Helpful Places

 Bellevue School District                       Mercer Island School District
 (425) 456-4000                                 (206) 236-3330
 www.bsd405.org                                 www.misd.k12.wa.us

 Issaquah School District                       Northshore School District
 (425) 837-7000                                 (425) 489-6001
 www.issaquah.wednet.edu                        www.nsd.org

 Lake Washington School District                Riverview School District
 (425) 702-3200                                 (425) 844-4500
 www.lwsd.org                                   www.riverview.wednet.edu

 Snoqualmie Valley Public Schools
 (425) 831-8000
 www.snoqualmie.k12.wa.us



Language Schools for Chinese Language

Northwest Chinese School ....................................... (206) 349-6927
For pre-school age to adults. There is a fee to attend. Located at Lake
Washington Technical College.
11605 132nd Ave NE, Kirkland WA 98034

Sammamish Chinese Academy ................................ (425) 246-6326
Ages 4 and up who live in Issaquah and the Sammamish Plateau. There is a
fee to attend. Located in the Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church.
22818 SE 8th St., Sammamish WA 98074


Spanish Language Education

Bellevue School District has a program called Spanish Immersion. English-
speaking students begin at age 5 or 6 and receive almost all their subject
matter instruction in Spanish. May be appropriate for children who don’t
speak/read/write Spanish fluently but whose parents are Spanish-speaking. For
more information call:
Newport High School..................................................... (425) 456-7400
Sunset Elementary ......................................................... (425) 456-6100
Tillicum Middle School ................................................... (425) 456-6700


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   domEStIC vIoLEnCE RESouRCES

   About domestic violence
  Abusive partners use a wide range of behaviors
  to maintain power and control over their
  partners. This can include physical harm,
  threats of physical harm, keeping the partner
  from friends and family, controlling all the money,
  or threatening to turn the partner into immigration
  authorities. Although some of what the United States
  considers “domestic violence” may be very common and
  even acceptable in other countries, it is illegal here. Children and teens can
  also be the direct targets of an abuser or may be indirectly impacted when
  their parent is abused. Children’s physical and emotional well-being can be
  significantly affected by the behavior of an abusive parent. Domestic violence
  is not a private family matter; it concerns and impacts our entire community.

  Safety Planning
  If you are in an abusive relationship, there are several steps you can take to help
  protect yourself. The agencies listed below can help you create a safety plan.
  One important thing to know is that if English is not your primary language,
  you can request an interpreter from the police, the courts, medical providers,
  and crisis phone lines. If your abusive partner threatens your immigration
  status, you can call The Northwest Immigrants Rights Project at (800) 445-
  5771 or (206) 587-4009 for information about your rights.

  If your partner threatens to take your children out of the country, you can
  contact the Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program at (202) 736-7000.

  “Protection orders” are special court orders that protect people from a
  violent partner. You can consult with a Protection Order Advocate to get more
  information about Protection Orders and also to get assistance in obtaining
  one. The number for the King County Protection Order Advocacy Program is
  (206) 296-9547.




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 Helpful Places - Domestic Violence Resources

You can call one of the domestic violence agencies or hotlines listed below to
discuss safety planning ideas, resources, and forms of support available to you
and to your children. Some of them operate safe, confidential shelters where
you and your children can live if you need to leave an abusive partner.

Hotlines
Washington State Domestic Violence ............................. 1-800-562-6025
National Domestic Violence Hotline ............................. 1-800-799-7233
Crisis Clinic ..................................... 1-800-427-4747 or 206-461-3222

Domestic Violence Agencies
Several of these organizations have confidential locations, so addresses are
not available. If your language is not spoken by staff, you may request an
interpreter.

Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADWAS) . (206) 726-0093
For victims of sexual assault and domestic violence who are deaf, deaf-blind
and hard of hearing.
4738 11th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
24-hour crisis line: (206) 236-3134

New Beginnings ......................... 24-hour crisis line (206) 522-9472
Counseling, shelter, advocacy, transitional housing assistance.

Asian and Pacific Islander Women
and Family Safety Center ........................................ (206) 467-9976
Educational services. Accepts collect crisis calls from women in domestic
violence situations.

Catherine Booth House ...........................Crisis Line (206) 324-4943
Shelter, legal assistance, counseling.

Northwest Justice Project ........ (206) 464-1519 OR 1-888-201-1012
Legal advice and representation in family law cases involving domestic violence.
1 (888) 201-9737 (TTY)
www.nwjustice.org

CHAYA ..................... Help line: 1-877-922-4292 or (206) 325-0325
Support services and 24-hour helpline for South Asian victims of domestic
violence.


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  The Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans and
  Lesbian Survivors of Abuse ...................................... (206) 568-7777
  Counseling, support groups, and advocacy.
  TTY (206) 517-9670

  Consejo Counseling and Referral Services ............... (206) 461-4880
  Primarily serves Spanish-speaking people. Counseling, support groups, and
  housing assistance.
  3808 South Angeline Seattle, WA 98118

  Protection Order Advocacy Program ........................ (206) 296-9547
                                          1 (800) 326-6165 ext. 69547
  Assistance in filing protection orders.
  516 3rd Ave, C-213 King County Courthouse Seattle, WA 98104-2312
  TTY Seattle (206) 205-6198

  Eastside Domestic Violence Program .......Crisis Line: (425) 746-1940
                                                      or 1-800-827-8840 (TTY)
  Crisis services, counseling, shelter, legal advocacy, children’s services.

  Refugee Women’s Alliance ...................................... (206) 721-0243
  Support and resources for immigrant and refugee women.
  4008 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Seattle, WA 98108

  Eastside Legal Assistance Program .....Main number: (425) 747-7274
  Contact the family law and domestic violence clinic for advice and
  information.
  Russian, Ukrainian, and Spanish speakers; call and leave a message:
  (425) 747-1663

  Seattle Indian Health Board .................................... (206) 324-9360
  Primarily serves Native American and Alaskan Native communities.
  Counseling and support groups.
  611 12th Ave S. #200, Seattle, WA 98144

  Jewish Family Services, Project DVORA ................... (206) 461-3240
  Particularly for Jewish victims of domestic violence. Counseling, support
  groups, education.
  1601 16th Avenue Seattle, WA 98122

  Youth Eastside Services
  Teen Dating Violence Program .......................(425) 747-4937 (TDD)
  Counseling, support groups, community education.
  999 164th Ave NE Bellevue, WA 98008

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              ,
FInAnCIAL HELp Food And CLotHIng

 About Financial Assistance, Food and Clothing
There are places that can help you with needs such as
food, clothing and financial assistance for your bills such
as rent, prescriptions, water and other utilities. This
section has information on these places. You can
find information on utilities in the Electricity, Gas
and Water section. For information on Housing,
see the Housing and Shelter section.

Who is Eligible?
Each agency has its own rules – what services they provide, income guidelines,
areas they serve and registration process. In most cases, you will not have
to repay the money or goods you receive. Please call the agencies for more
information.

 Helpful Places - Financial Help, Food and Clothing

 department of Social and Human Services (dSHS)
An agency that provides welfare programs to those who qualify. These programs
cover topics such as:
  - Abuse & Neglect                       - Education
  - Adoption                              - Emergency Help
  - Caregiver Support                     - Employment Service
  - Cash                                  - Food
  - Child Care                            - Foster Parenting
  - Child Safety                          - Help in the Home
  - Child Support                         - Homelessness
  - Deaf and Hard of Hearing              - Juvenile Rehabilitation
  - Children’s Services                   - Medical Care
  - Disability                            - Mental Health
  - Domestic Violence                     - Residential Care
  - Drug/Alcohol/Chemical Dependency

DSHS office locations:
King Eastside Community Services Office
14360 SE Eastgate Way
Bellevue, WA 98007
Near the Eastgate Park & Ride and Eastgate Public Health.
(206) 341-7404 or 1-800 662-6715
TTY (425) 649-4012


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  To apply for services call (206) 341-7404 and have an application mailed to
  you or get an application at the office.

  Working Connections Child Care .................................. (206) 341-7404
  Pregnancy Medical ...................................................... 1-800-337-1835
  Children’s Medical ...................................................... 1-800-337-1835
  For Working Connections Child Care/Pregnancy Medical and Children’s
  Medical you may choose to complete your application by phone.

  Skykomish Valley Community Services Office
  19705 State Route 2
  Monroe, WA 98272
  Next to Safeway parking lot across from KFC restaurant.
  1-425 438-4972 or 1-800-735-7039
  TTY (360) 805-1158

  Working Connections Child Care or
  Pregnancy Medical or Children’s Medical ................. (425) 438-4972
                                                          or 1-800-735-7039
  To apply for services call 1-425-438-4972 and have an application mailed to
  you or get an application at the office during business hours.
  Mailing address:
  PO Box 6053, Arlington, WA 98223

   Hopelink
  Serves homeless and low income families, children, seniors, and people with
  disabilities. Hopelink’s services range from those that are immediate and crisis-
  oriented (food, emergency shelter, eviction prevention, energy assistance) to
  longer term programs (literacy, family development, child care and development)
  that help families get back on their feet and thrive.

   Bellevue Center                       Adelle Maxwell Child Care Center
   14812 Main St.                        (425) 462-1456
   Bellevue, WA 98007
   (425) 943-7555

   Kirkland Center                       Energy assistance
   302 First St.                         (For other Energy Assistance Programs
   Kirkland, WA 98033                    please see the Electricity, Gas and Water
   (425) 889-7880                        Section.)
                                         (425) 869-6027




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 Northshore Center                Family Development Program
 18220 96th Ave NE                (425) 943-7550
 Bothell, WA 98011
 (425) 485-6521

 Redmond Center                   Transportation
 16225 NE 87th St.                (425) 943-6789
 Redmond, WA 98052
 (425) 869-6000

 Sno-Valley Center
 31957 Commercial St.
 Carnation, WA 98014
 (425) 333-4163


 Other Helpful Services

 Catholic Community Services               Salvation Army
 12828 Northup Way,                        911 164th Ave. NE
 Bellevue, WA 98005                        Bellevue, WA 98008
 (425) 284-2211                            (425) 452-7300

 Overlake Service League                   St. Vincent de Paul
 (425) 451-1175                            Call to be directed to the Parish in
                                           your area.
                                           (206) 767-6449

 About Food Banks and Feeding programs
Food banks and feeding programs collect and offer food for the community.
The food is free. Food banks provide non-perishable groceries and some provide
perishable items such as fresh produce, dairy and meat. Feeding programs
may serve and provide hot food that you eat at a certain location. Churches,
cities, community centers (teen centers, senior centers) often work together
to provide food, so please contact your community gathering place for more
information. Some are in the Recreation and Neighborhood Activities Section.
See Hopelink above for many other food banks.

 Crossroads Hot Meal Program              World Impact Network
 For Bellevue residents only              2015 Richards Rd SE
 16000 NE 8th St                          Bellevue, WA 98005
 Bellevue, WA 98008                       (425) 643-8246
 (425) 452-4874


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   Emergency Feeding Program              St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
   (Food Bank)                            2650 148th Ave SE
   (425)-562-0698                         Bellevue, WA 98007
                                          (425) 746-2529

   Asian Counseling and Referral Service
   Food bank located in Seattle, but open to people in East King County too.
   Must be low-income and bring a photo ID.
   919 King St.
   Seattle, WA 98104
   (206) 292-5714

   Food Stamp Program                                    1-800-865-7801

   Old Firehouse Teen Center             Kirkland Teen Union Building
   Free teen dinners Wednesdays 6pm.     Free teen dinners Fridays 6-7pm.
   16510 NE 79th                         348 Kirkland Ave
   Redmond, WA 98052                     Kirkland, WA 98033
   (425) 556-2370                        (425) 822-3088 ext. 202

   Ground Zero Teen Center
   Free teen dinners Thursdays 5:30pm
   257 100th Ave NE
   Bellevue, WA 98004
   (425) 452-6119

   About Clothing Banks
  Clothing banks collect new and used clothing for the community. The clothing
  is free. Clothing banks often collect and offer toys.

   Bellevue Seventh Day Adventist          Old Firehouse/Teen Center
   Church                                  Clothing Bank
   15 140th Ave NE                         16510 NE 79th
   Bellevue, WA 98005                      Redmond, WA 98052
   (425) 746-1763                          (425) 556-2370

   Gear Up                                 Youth Link Teen Closet
   Kirkland Teen Union Building            257 100th Ave NE
   348 Kirkland Ave                        Bellevue, WA 98004
   Kirkland, WA 98033                      For Eastside residents only
   Kirkland outreach monthly clothing      (425) 452-5254
   program for teens
   (425) 822-3088


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 Kirkland Seventh Day Adventist            YWCA Family Village Working
 Church                                    Wardrobe
 6400 108th Ave NE                         16601 NE 80th
 Kirkland, WA 98033                        Redmond, WA 98052
 (425) 822-7922                            (425) 556-1350




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   HEALtH SERvICES: mEdICAL And dEntAL

  Preventing disease is easier than curing it, so
  remember to keep your vaccinations (shots) up to
  date to prevent diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus,
  whooping cough, polio, meningitis, hepatitis A and
  B, measles, chicken pox and others. Get regular
  health screenings such as mammograms, pap smears,
  and make sure children have regular check ups. Get flu
  shots (influenza vaccine) every year in November; this is
  especially important for infants 6 to 24 months and for the elderly.

  Health Insurance Coverage
  Most health care services require health insurance coverage. Some people get
  this coverage through their employer, but there are many uninsured people who
  cannot afford insurance even if they are working. Some doctors and medical
  clinics have a sliding fee scale which means you pay according to your income.
  This section includes specific places you and your family can go to if you are
  low-income or you do not have insurance. There are many private family
  doctors that you can find in your local phone book; payment methods and
  amounts vary, but most of them accept only certain kinds of health insurance
  or full payment out of pocket at the time of the appointment.

  Basic Health ..........................................................1-800-826-2444
  A State program for low-income families and individuals that are not eligible
  for other assistance that helps cover medical needs. Basic Health contracts
  with health plans all over Washington State to provide reduced-cost health
  care coverage to qualified Washington State residents. All health plans in
  Basic Health offer the same basic benefits, but monthly premiums, providers,
  and some details of coverage vary. The process of applying for Basic Health
  can take a long time.

  Healthy Options ....................................................1-800-562-3022
  Healthy Options is the name of the Medicaid managed care program. As a
  Healthy Options member, people get to choose the health plan (insurance
  company) they want from a list of plans that are contracted with the State.
  Some exceptions exist. Healthy Options is a managed care plan. This means
  that people have a primary care provider (PCP) who coordinates all of their
  care (e.g., a physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner). Clients
  must see or phone their PCP first for any medical problem except in cases
  of emergency. Their PCP will refer them to a specialist or other health care
  provider if necessary. Healthy Options members get to choose their PCP from
  a list of doctors who contract with the health plan they choose.


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Public Health- Seattle and King County
Provide health care and dental services to low-income residents. Primarily
serve low-income residents of East King County who do not have a health care
provider-children, adults, and seniors. Cilinics offer a sliding scale which means
your fee is based on ability to pay. No one is denied service due to inability to
pay. The clinics accept Medicare, medical coupons, Washington State Basic
Health Plan, private insurance, and donations. Call for eligibility information.

Eastgate Public Health Center (Bellevue) .................. (206) 296-4920
Maternity and WIC (Women, Infants & Children) .............. (206) 296-9728
Spanish interpreters on site daily. Interpreters for other languages available.
Assistance with applying for Basic Health Plan.
14350 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA 98007

Northshore Public Health Center (Bothell) ............... (206) 296-9787
Maternity and WIC ....................................................... (206) 296-9820
Immunizations and Travel .............................................. (206) 296-9816
Teen Clinic ................................................................... (206) 296-9814
Family Planning, STD clinic............................................ (206) 296-9814
(STD is Sexually Transmitted Diseases)
Spanish interpreters available everyday. Interpreters for other languages
available when requested.
10808 NE 145th St. Bothell, WA 98011

Community Health Centers
Provide primary and natural medical care, dental care services, and family
planning. Accept Medicare, medical coupons, and Community Health Plan of
Washington, along with other major insurance. People without health insurance
may qualify for sliding fee scales.

Redmond-Eastside Community Health Center .......... (425) 882-1697
Offers health care for homeless youth also. Spanish language spoken.
Interpreters available for other languages.
16315 NE 87th. St., Suite B-6, Redmond, WA 98052

Bothell-Kenmore Community Health Center ........... (425) 486-0658
Spanish interpreter available on site. Interpreters available for other
languages.
6016 NE Bothell Way, Kenmore, WA 98028

 Hospitals and Emergency Rooms
Evergreen Hospital .................................................. (425) 899-1000
12040 NE 128th St, Kirkland WA 98034


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  Group Health Hospital................................................... (425) 883-5151
  2700 152 AVE NE, Redmond WA 98052
  Overlake Hospital ......................................................... (425) 688-5000
  1035 116th. AVE NE, Bellevue WA 98004
  Harborview Medical Center ............................................ (206) 731-3000
  325 9th Ave, Seattle WA 98104

   Family planning and Women’s Health
  Planned Parenthood
  1420 156th. Ave NE, Ste C, Bellevue, WA 98007 .......... (425) 747-1050
  6610 NE 181st. Ste 2, Kenmore, WA 98028................. (425) 482-1122
  75 NW Dogwood St., Ste B, Issaquah, WA 98027 ........... (425) 369-0301

  Public Health Clinics
  14350 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA 98007 ................. (206) 296-4920
  10808 NE 145th St., Bothell, WA 98011 ......................... (206) 296-9814

  Women’s Health and Diabetes Information Line ....... (888) 438-2247

   other Health Care Clinics and Services
  RotaCare Free Medical Clinic
  No appointments.
  Come Saturday mornings 9:30-11:30 for free medical services.
  Located at Hopelink: 14812 Main St., Bellevue,WA 98007

  Sea Mar Community Health Center ......................... (206) 762-3263
  Primarily serves Spanish-speaking persons, seniors, and low-income individuals.
  Sliding scale based on income level and ability to pay. Medicare and medical
  coupons are accepted.
  8915 14th Ave S, 2nd Fl, Seattle, WA 98108

  Overlake Service League ........................................ (425) 451-1175
  Emergency assistance for prescription drugs for residents within Bellevue
  School District. Call to schedule a home visit to determine eligibility.

  Public Health Nurses
  Home visits by nurses to assist pregnant women and infants. Support to
  children with special health care needs.
  Bellevue ....................................................................... (206) 296-4920
  Bothell .......................................................................... (206) 296-9787




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 About dental Services
There are places that offer dental services at low cost, and some offer services
in other languages. You may contact these places yourself, or ask community
clinics to tell you about them. Community clinics may also tell you about how
you can get dental service at mobile dental vans. These vans contain dental
professionals and their equipment, and travel to certain places such as schools,
or churches, or health clinics to serve you and others. In some cases, the school,
church or health clinic will provide translation and interpretation for you. To
get more information about mobile dental vans, call NW Medical Teams or
Smile Mobile (numbers below), or your health care provider.

Who is Eligible?
Most organizations listed offer services to specific age groups: children, adults,
seniors. Some accept medical/dental coupons. To see if a place accepts medical
coupons, please call The Washington State Department of Health Services
Client Assistance Line at 1-800-562-3022 or call the organization directly.
For other inquiries and to make appointments, call the numbers listed.

For Seniors and People with Disabilities
Many members of the Washington State Dental Association also participate in
a low-cost dental program for people with low income, the elderly and disabled.
Those who are 65 years of age or older, have no dental insurance and meet
income requirements are eligible. There is no age requirement for disabled or
Alzheimer’s patients. Seniors and Alzheimer’s patients meeting these criteria
may call the local Senior Information and Assistance office (206) 448-3110
for help. People with disabilities, call the WSDA at (206) 448-1914 to ask for
a referral.

 Helpful Places - Dental Services

Eastside Community Dental Clinic ........................... (425) 883-8000
Offers emergency services for all ages, and non-emergency services for children
under age 18 and their families. Accepts (DSHS) medical coupons. Services
available in Spanish.
16345 NE 87th St., Redmond, WA 98052

DSHS-Community Services Offices ........................ (206) 341-7404
(King-Eastside) ................................................... TDD (425) 649-4012
For more information on DSHS please see the Financial Assistance, Food and
Clothing Section.




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  Eastgate Public Health Clinic .................................. (206) 296-4920
  Provides general services to children 1 through 19 years who live in King
  County. Also provides services for pregnant women and women who are 2
  months past delivery. Services available in Spanish.
  14350 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA 98007

  Lake WA Technical College Dental Clinic ................ (425) 739-8130
  Provides service to people 3 years and older. They recommend you bring
  someone who can translate for you to the first appointment because this is
  when they need information on your medical history. You must call first; they
  do not accept people without appointments.
  11605 132nd Ave NE, East Bldg. E103
  Kirkland, WA 98034

  Northwest Medical Teams
  Free dental care in a mobile dental van. They mainly serve adults, and the
  Smile Mobile serves children. The van comes to the Bellevue area once a
  month and to Northshore 2-3 times a month.
  For Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond area call ....................... (425) 562-3663
  For other areas call........................................................ (425) 454-8326

  Smile Mobile .......................................................... (206) 517-6303
  A mobile dental van service that travels all over Washington to provide dental
  services to children ages 13 years and younger. They receive clients by way of
  schools, churches, community clinics, etc. and these places provide interpreters,
  and locations. They let you know if you qualify for their services.




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mEntAL HEALtH, dRug &
ALCoHoL, And CRISIS SERvICES

 About mental Health Services
There are places that offer help for people who are
feeling sad, anxious, or overwhelmed and need
someone to talk to. Sometimes it is hard to deal with
your feelings or problems by yourself. Your emotions
may be interfering with your ability to work, take
care of your children, or your relationships with
others may be suffering. There are professionals trained to listen to people’s
problems and help them figure out how to feel better. This section also has
resources for people needing help with drug or alcohol problems. Several of
these organizations offer educational classes on a variety of topics, such as
parenting. Call the agencies listed to find out about all their services.

Who Is Eligible?
Everyone is eligible for counseling and support services. Most organizations
listed offer sliding fee scales based on income and also accept insurance. Some
accept medical coupons. Call for information and to make appointments.

 Helpful Places

Mental Health and Crisis
Crisis Clinic 24-hour Crisis Line 1-866-427-4747 or (206) 461-3222
Crisis intervention, assessment, and emotional support via phone.

Asian Counseling and Referral Service
Mental health services for Asian/Pacific Islander American youth, children,
and seniors.
Bellevue Office ......................................................... (425) 284-0017
12808 Northup Way, Suite 100, Bellevue, WA 98005
Seattle Office ................................................................ (206) 695-7600
720 8th Ave S, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98104

Catholic Community Services.................................. (425) 284-2211
Offers sliding scale counseling for individuals, couples, children and families.
12828 Northup Way, Suite 100, Bellevue, WA 98005
Children’s Response Center .................................... (425) 688-5130
Counseling for sexual assault victims under 18; parent support is available.
Interpreters available.
Overlake Hospital Medical Ctr, 925 116th Ave NE #211, Bellevue, WA
98004
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  Changes Parent Support Network ........................... (206) 618-2673
  Helps parents of adolescents. Free support, education and training through
  weekly meetings.
  Old Redmond Schoolhouse, 16600 NE 80th St., Redmond, WA 98052

  Community Psychiatric Clinic ................................... (425) 454-3021
  Provides day recovery programs for low-income persons with symptoms
  of serious and persistant mental health illnesses that prevent them from
  working.
  13133 Bel-Red Rd., Bellevue WA 98005

  Consejo Counseling and Referral Services .............. (425) 747-7892
  Offers mental health counseling for adults and children in Spanish.
  1412 140th Pl NE, Bellevue, WA 98007

  Friends of Youth
  Individual, family and group counseling for youth and families.

  Carnation/Duvall ....................................................... (425) 844-9669
  26311 NE Valley St, Bldg A, Suite 101, Duvall, WA 98019
  Issaquah .................................................................... (425) 392-6367
  414 Front St N, Issaquah, WA 98027
  Redmond .................................................................... (425) 869-6490
  16225 NE 87th St, #A6, Redmond, WA 98052
  Snoqualmie ................................................................. (425) 888-4151
  7972 Maple Ave SE, Snoqualmie, WA 98065

  Harborview Medical Center
  Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress ................ (206) 521-1800
  Assessment and counseling for adult and youth who are victims of rape and
  sexual assault. Interpreters available.
  1401 E Jefferson St, 4th Floor, Seattle, WA 98122

  Jewish Family Service ............................................. (425) 643-2221
  Individual, couple, family, and group counseling for adults, children, and
  adolescents including people affected by substance abuse.
  15821 NE 8th St, Suite 210, Bellevue WA 98008

  Kindering Center .................................................... (425) 747-4004
  Language and physical therapies, pre-school, and family counseling for
  developmentally disabled or abused children up to age of 3; in-home services
  available.
  16120 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA 98008



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King County Sexual Assault Resource Center...........1-888-998-6423
Counseling and advocacy for victims of sexual assault. Interpreters available.

Lutheran Community Services Northwest ................ (206) 694-5700
Offers family, marital, individual, and group counseling. Services in Amharic,
Farsi, Polish, Russian, Somali, Sudanese, Tigrinya and possibly others (call for
more information).
433 Minor Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Mercer Island Youth and Family Services ................. (206) 236-3525
Counseling for youth, parents, seniors and families on Mercer Island.
2040 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040

NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) ............ (425) 885-6264
Provides classes, peer support groups, and forums for those affected by serious
mental illnesses. Locations vary. Call for information.
Family Resource Center, 16315 NE 87th St., Suite B-11, Redmond, WA.
www.nami-eastside.org.

Northshore Youth and Family Services .................... (425) 485-6541
Counseling for youth, parents, and families.
10309 NE 185th, Bothell, WA 98011

Sea Mar Community Health Center ......................... (206) 764-8763
Counseling for primarily Spanish-speaking adults and seniors.
10001 17th Pl. S., Seattle, WA 98168

Seattle Mental Health
Mental, emotional, and behavioral healthcare to children, adolescents, adults,
and older adults; next-day appointments.
Northcreek Campus/Bellevue ......................................... (425) 653-4900
14216 NE 21st St, Bellevue, WA 98007
Redmond ...................................................................... (425) 869-6634
16345 NE 87th St, Suite C-1, Redmond, WA 98052-3538

Youth Eastside Services
Individual, family, and group counseling for youth experiencing problems;
specialized services for victims of sexual abuse and their parents.
Bellevue....................................................................... (425) 747-4937
999 164th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98008
Kirkland ....................................................................... (425) 827-4937
13009 NE 85th St, Kirkland, WA 98033


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  Redmond ..................................................................... (425) 869-6036
  Family Resource Center 16225 NE 87th, A-2, Redmond, WA 98052

   drug & Alcohol Services

  Alcohol/Drug 24-Hour Helpline .............................. (206) 722-3700
  Crisis line for drug and alcohol related crises.

  Asian American Chemical
  Dependency Treatment Services............................... (425) 378-7883
  Culturally appropriate drug counseling.
  3150 Richards Rd., Bellevue, WA 98005

  Community Psychiatric Clinic .................................. (425) 454-3021
  Full range of services for recovery from chemical dependency.
  Eastside Regional Service Ctr, 13133 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue, WA 98005

  DSHS Community Services Offices .......................... (206) 341-7404
  Treatment and/or shelter for low-income individuals incapacitated due to
  alcoholism or drug use; serves East and Northeast King Co. residents.
  14360 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA 98007-6462

  Friends of Youth
  Confidential substance abuse assessment and counseling for youth and their
  families.
  Carnation/Duvall ....................................................... (425) 844-9669
  26311 NE Valley St, Bldg A, Suite 101, Duvall, WA 98019
  Issaquah .................................................................... (425) 392-6367
  414 Front St N, Issaquah, WA 98027
  Redmond .................................................................... (425) 869-6490
  16225 NE 87th St, #A6, Redmond, WA 98052
  Snoqualmie ................................................................. (425) 888-4151
  7972 Maple Ave SE, Snoqualmie, WA 98065

  Jewish Family Service ............................................. (425) 643-2221
  Individual, couple, family, and group counseling for adults, children, and
  adolescents including people affected by substance abuse.
  15821 NE 8th St, Suite 210, Bellevue WA 98008

  Northshore Youth and Family Services .................... (425) 485-6541
  Assessment and substance abuse counseling for youth.
  10309 NE 185th, Bothell, WA 98011



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Therapeutic Health Services .................................... (425) 747-7892
Outpatient counseling for persons with alcohol/drug-related problems;
assessments and interventions, alcohol screening tests; family and group
counseling.
1412 140th Pl NE, Bellevue, WA 98007-3915 (Rockwood Office Park)

Youth Eastside Services
Provides substance abuse assessment, testing, and individual and family
counseling for youth, ages 12-20.
Bellevue........................................................................ (425) 747-4937
999 164th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98008
Kirkland ........................................................................ (425) 827-4937
13009 NE 85th St, Kirkland, WA 98033
Redmond ...................................................................... (425) 869-6036
Family Resource Center 16225 NE 87th, A-2, Redmond, WA 98052




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   SERvICES FoR pEopLE WItH dISABILItIES

   About Services for people with disabilities
  Services for people with disabilities are created to improve
  quality of life. Access to quality, affordable services, and
  recreational programs help people achieve self-sufficiency and
  insure that all members of the Eastside King County community
  have the opportunities they need to participate in community life.

  Who is eligible?
  Eligibility requirements vary. Some services are provided free of charge; others
  are available at fees that depend on a person’s income, and others require a
  full fee. Some services are paid by Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance. To
  determine eligibility and obtain services please contact each agency directly.

   Helpful Places - Services for People with Disabilities

   ARC of King County                        Evergreen Healthcare
   Has a program that provides               Horizons Program
   information and support over the          Information and referral,
   phone for families of people with         workshops, classes, and support
   disabilities.                             groups for families and individuals
                                             who are elderly or have chronic
   Latino Services:                          illnesses or disabilities.
   (206) 364-4645, ext. 150                  12040 NE 128th St., #B1-140,
   Asian/Pacific Islander Services:          Kirkland
   (206) 364-4645, ext. 133                  (425) 899-3200
   General Information and Referral:
   (206) 364-8384

   Brain Injury Association of               Highland Community Center
   Washington                                Recreation and socialization
   Support, resources and information        opportunities for people of all
   for people with brain injuries and        ages with disabilities.
   their families.                           14224 Bel-Red Rd., Bellevue
   800 Jefferson St., Ste. 600,              (425) 452-7686
   Seattle, WA 98104
   (206) 388-0900




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 Consejo Counseling and                     Overlake Service League
 Referral Service                           Serves residents of Bellevue
 Educational materials and outreach         School District. Scholarships
 for people with HIV/AIDS.                  and grants for chilcare, summer
 3808 South Angeline, Seattle, WA           school, camp, and tutoring for
 98118                                      low-income households and
 (206) 461-4880                             children with disabilities.
                                            (425) 451-1175

 Bridge Ministries                          Seattle King County Aging
 Visits for people with physical and        and Disabilities Services
 developmental disabilities to provide      For seniors and adults with
 support, social activities, and used       disabilities; provides case
 medical equipment.                         management and in-depth
 520 6th St. S., Kirkland                   services.
 (425) 828-1431                             618 2nd Ave. #1020, Seattle
                                            (206) 684-0660

 Crisis Clinic Community                    US Department of Veteran
 Information Line                           Affairs-Regional Office
 Provides referrals to agencies and         Provides information and
 services. Disabilities Specialists are     processes benefits claims for
 available.                                 veterans of military service and
 (206) 461-3200                             their families.
 1-800-621-4636                             1-800-827-1000

 Asian Counseling and                       Catholic Community Services,
 Referral Service                           Volunteer Chore Services
 Offers in-home care and support for        Provides volunteer help for elders
 seniors and adults with disabilities.      and adults with disabilities.
 Focuses on the Asian and Pacific           (425) 284-2235
 Islander communities.
 (206) 695-7600

Infants and Children

Children’s Hospital Bellevue ................................... (425) 454-4644
Provides brief educational, intellectual, and developmental screening for children
who may be having learning problems at home or school. Up to age 21.
1135 116th Ave NE, Suite 400, Bellevue, WA 98004




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  Children’s Services of Sno-Valley ............................ (425) 888-2777
  Offers early intervention services for children with developmental delays and
  disabilities and their families. Birth to 3 years old.
  (Services provided primarily in homes.)
  1407 Boalch Ave NW, North Bend, WA 98045

  Kindering Center .................................................... (425) 747-4004
  Physical and speech therapies, special education, counseling, child care, and
  foster care to infants and children (and their families) who have been abused,
  are medically fragile or have disabilities.
  16120 NE 8th, Bellevue, WA 98008

   Employment

  AtWork! .................................................................. (425) 274-4000
  Employment and training for people with disabilities
  Bellevue: 15155 Bel-Red Rd. 98007
  Issaquah: 690 NW Juniper St. 98027

  DSHS Division of Vocational Rehabilitation ............. (425) 649-4241
  Vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities including
  assessment, counseling, job preparation/placement, support services.
  14360 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue 98007

  Eastside Employment Services ................................. (425) 453-0676
  Offers job assistance and placement for individuals with developmental and
  learning disabilities. Includes on-the-job training and ongoing follow-up and
  support.
  1601 116th Ave NE , #102, Bellevue 98004

  Adult Day Health
  For those in need of daytime health, social, or rehabilitative services.

  Elder and Adult Day Services
  Bellevue........................................................................ (425) 427-8612
  12831 NE 21st Place, Bellevue, WA 98005
  Issaquah ...................................................................... (425) 837-3967
  82 Front St., Issaquah, WA 98027

  Jewish Family Service ............................................. (425) 643-2221
  Seattle Association for Jewish Disabled
  Offers a variety of services to assist people with mental
  illness, developmental disabilities, or brain injury.
  15821 NE 8th St, Suite 210, Bellevue WA 98008
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Lake Washington Adult Day Health ......................... (425) 487-2441
Provides health, social, educational, and recreational services for older adults
(55 years and older) in the Northshore area.
106 5th Ave., Kirkland, WA 98033

Northshore Senior Center Adult Day Health............ (425) 487-2441
Provides health, social, educational, and recreational services for older adults
(55 years and older) in the Northshore area.
10201 E Riverside Dr, Bothell, WA 98011

 transportation
Department of Licensing-Disabled Parking Permits ... (360) 902-3770
Metro Transit Rider Information ............................... (206) 553-3000
Regional Reduced Fare Bus Pass Permit .................... (206) 553-3060
Para Transit ADA ...................... (206) 553-3060 or 1-800-201-8888
(to arrange a ride)
Medicaid/ Medical Transportation ...........................1-800-923-7433
Volunteer Transportation (seniors) ........................... (206) 448-5740
American Cancer Society (cancer patients)1-800-729-1151 ext 3304
American Cabulance ................ (425) 741-3444 or 1-800-750-5700
Rural Metro Am/Cabulance ...... (206) 972-1976 or 1-800-989-9993

 Home Repair and modification, Home utilities
Catholic Community Svcs
Volunteer Chore Services ......................................... (425) 284-2235

Housing Rehabilitation Program,
City of Bellevue Residents Only ...................................... (425) 452-6884

King County Housing Repair Program
All East King County Cities (not Bellevue) ......................... (206) 296-7640
Northshore Handyman................................................... (425) 486-4564
Hopelink....................................................................... (425) 869-6027
Eastside Love Inc. .......................................................... (425) 869-9561

Legal Services

Washington Coalition of Citizens-
disAbility Resource Network .......................... V/TDD (425) 558-0993
Legal Action Center Catholic Community Services .... (206) 324-6890




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   tELEpHonE SERvICE

  How To Get Phone Service
  Contact the company you select (there are many to choose
  from) and they will ask you questions (your address
  and type of services you’d like) to start phone service.
  Information provided in this section is subject to change.
  Contact your local phone provider for questions.

  Billing Information
  Your bill comes each month and will have the date by which the company must
  receive your payment. After this date, more charges may apply. The first bill
  you get will have the installation costs on it in addition to phone call charges.
  For help paying your bill, call your phone company.

  Call 411 to find numbers that aren’t in the phone book.

  Local Calls are made within your local calling area. You can find this area in
  the back of your phone book. To call within this area, dial the 7 numbers of the
  phone number without the area code. You don’t need to dial 1 + (area code)
  for a local call.

  Long-distance Calls are calls that are made outside of your local calling
  area and you need to use the area code. Dial 1 + (area code) + number to
  make long-distance calls. If you do not know the area code of the city, call
  your long-distance company. For operator help, dial 0 + (area code) + number.
  The operator will ask what type of call you want to make (see “Some Types of
  Calls” below.) There are significant additional charges when you use operator
  assistance.

  Some Types of Calls
   •	Person to Person: You only have to pay for the call if the person you are
     calling responds.
   •	Collect: The operator will ask the person who responds to pay for the call.
     This type of call is useful if you are calling from a public phone and you
     don’t have enough money with you.

  Toll-Free Numbers and Toll Charge Numbers
  Many business numbers start with “800,” “877,” or “888.” These are “toll-
  free” numbers. This means your call to them is free even if their office is not in
  your local area. If you call a number beginning with “900,” “915,” or “976,”
  you pay for the call. These are “toll charge” numbers and they can cost you
  $7 each minute or more.


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International Calls are placed by your phone company if you have international
service. There are many calling plans offering discounts to certain countries,
so if you call a country frequently ask your long-distance company for more
information. You may use a different long-distance company than you normally
use for certain calls by dialing an access code. This may save you money.

Dial 011 + country code + city code + number. There may be a delay of 45
seconds or more between your dialing and the ringing sounds. For operator
help, dial 01 + country code + city code + number. The operator will want to
know what type of call you are making (see “Some Types of Calls” above). If
you don’t know the country code, look in the phone book or call your long-
distance company.

Pre-paid Phone Cards
Sometimes it is cheaper to make an international call using pre-paid phone
cards. You can buy them at many stores or on the internet. You can also make
long-distance calls with them. Choose one that offers you discounts to the
country you usually call. The cards come with a “PIN” number that you should
protect.

About Threatening, Obscene or Nuisance Calls
These calls are against the law. If you receive these calls, don’t say anything,
and hang up. If you receive a threatening call, tell the police. Let your phone
company know about the calls and they can offer different services to find
out where the call came from or prevent them. You may also change your
telephone number.

Telephone Tips
  •	Always carefully examine your phone bill; call the telephone company if
    unfamiliar charges appear on your bill.
  •	People who call you trying to sell you something can only legally call in a
    certain time period. They must stop calling if you ask them to take you off
    “their list.”
  •	Never give your calling card number or “PIN” to any stranger.
  •	Be careful if asked to pay per-minute charges or dial a long sequence of
    numbers beginning with “1” after calling a toll-free number (800, 888,
    or 877). This is an dishonest method used to convert toll-free calls into a
    toll-charge call.

If Verizon is your provider .......................................1-800-483-4000
If Qwest is your provider ........................................1-800-244-1111




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  CItY SERvICES

  the following services are some of the
   helpful resources offered by Cities:

  Human services include help with food, clothing,
  shelter, utility bills, medical or dental care, legal
  issues, counseling, employment, learning to speak and read English, or referral
  to a wide range of available services. The city’s role is to financially assist
  organizations providing these services and also refer people to the appropriate
  places to get the help they need.

  Parks and recreation departments offer programs and classes for children,
  teens, adults, seniors and disabled residents. Scholarships are available for low
  income residents. Some community centers and park areas are available to rent
  for special events. There are a variety of free services provided at local parks
  including picnic areas, gardens, beaches, sports fields, and play equipment for
  children.

  Volunteer opportunities are usually available through your city. There are
  many opportunities to give your time and gain experience. Most cities provide
  volunteer programs to match your interests and abilities; volunteering can be
  rewarding and help people make valuable connections in their community.

  Permits and Licenses are issued by the state, county and your local city. The
  permits issued by most cities are construction and building permits, street use
  and special events permits for celebrations and business licensing. See “How
  to Start a Business” section.

  Water, sewer and recycling programs are usually available through your
  local city. Single family residents pay for water/sewer service directly to their
  local city or these costs are included in the rent and the landlord pays the city.
  Sometimes when you live in an apartment you pay your water/sewer costs to
  a company hired by your landlord to collect these fees. Some cities provide
  recycling services and programs and may have discount programs available for
  seniors, disabled and low income residents.

  Safety and security are important to all residents. There are emergency
  preparedness and fire prevention programs available through your local fire
  department and crime prevention programs available through your local police
  departments. Cities also help with pedestrian, bicycle and traffic safety. See
  Emergency Services Section for police and fire department information and
  also what to do in case of an emergency.


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Neighborhood and community programs and services are designed to
help you connect with your community. The city provides programs to improve
neighborhoods, help residents form neighborhood groups and to assist with
neighborhood conflicts and concerns.

Streets and paths are built and maintained by your city if they are located
within the city limits. Streets outside the city limits are maintained by the
county or the state. The city designs and maintains traffic signals, addresses
road and traffic safety, and maintains city streets, bike paths, sidewalks and
walking trails. You can call your city if you have a maintenance or safety
concern that needs to be addressed.

City government operates differently depending on the city in which you live.
In general all cities have elected city officials who make decisions about how
money is spent to keep our cities safe and comfortable. You can learn how
to contact city officials and attend city council meetings, get involved and
influence decisions, and serve on boards, commissions and committees.

Cities make referrals and help people get connected with resources in
the community. People who work at the city usually have knowledge about
the best places to go for help in your community. Sometimes city staff speak
your language. Even if you don’t think the city can help you directly, they may
be able to refer you to the right place.

Contact your local city from the listings below for more information
on specific services provided in your city.

Bilingual city staff are available during specific days and times at
some city facilities.

Contact Information For Your Local City
 City of Beaux Arts Village                City of Carnation
 10550 SE 27th Street                      4621 Tolt Ave
 Bellevue, WA 98004                         .O.
                                           P Box 1238
 (425) 454-8580                            Carnation, WA 98014
 www.beauxarts-wa.gov                      (425) 333-4192
                                           www.ci.carnation.wa.us




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   City of Bellevue                         City of Clyde Hill
   11511 Main Street/PO Box 90012           9605 NE 24th Street
   Bellevue, WA 98009-9012                  Clyde Hill, WA 98004
   (425) 452-6800                           (425) 453-7800
   www.ci.bellevue.wa.us                    www.clydehill.org
   Spanish: www.ci.bellevue.wa.us/page.
   asp?view=22990
   **Bilingual staff available during
   specific days and times
   The City of Bellevue has a free
   resource hotline in Spanish. Eastside
   residents who would like general
   information and information about
   resources and services provided by the
   City of Bellevue, can call (425) 452-
   4280.

   Crossroads Mini City Hall (City of       City of Duvall
   Bellevue neighborhood service            15535 Main Street NE
   center)                                  P.O. Box 1300
   Inside the Crossroads Shopping           Duvall, WA 98019
   Center                                   (425) 788-1185
   15600 NE 8th Street                      http://www.cityofduvall.com/
   Suite H-9
   Bellevue, WA 98008
   (425) 452-2800
   **Multi-language message lines and
   bilingual staff available during
    specific days and times

   City of Bothell                          City of Hunts Point
   18305 101st Ave NE                       3000 Hunts Point Road
   Bothell, WA 98011                        Hunts Point, WA 98004
   (425) 486-6250                           (425) 455-1834
   www.ci.bothell.wa.us                     www.ci.hunts-point.wa.us

   City of Issaquah                         City of Newcastle
   130 E. Sunset Way – Administration       13020 Newcastle Way
   1775 12th Ave NW – Building              Newcastle, WA 98059
   permits, planning                        (425) 649-4444
   P.O. Box 1307                            www.ci.newcastle.wa.us
   Issaquah, WA 98027
   (425) 837-3080
   www.ci.issaquah.wa.us

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City of Kirkland                          City of North Bend
123 5th Avenue                            211 Main Ave N.
Kirkland, WA 98033                        P.O. Box 896
(425) 587-3000                            North Bend, WA 98045
www.ci.kirkland.wa.us                     (425) 888-1211
**Bilingual staff available during        www.ci.north-bend.wa.us
specific days and times

City of Medina                            City of Redmond
501 Evergreen Point Road                  15670 NE 85th Street
P.O. Box 144                              Redmond, Washington 98052
Medina, WA 98039                          Mailing:
(425) 454-9222                            P.O. Box 97010
www.ci.medina.wa.us                       Redmond, WA 98073
                                          (425) 556-2900
                                          www.ci.redmond.wa.us
                                          **Bilingual staff available during
                                          specific days and times

City of Mercer Island                     City of Sammamish
9611 SE 36th St.                          486 228th Ave NE
Mercer Island, WA 98040                   Sammamish, WA 98074
(206) 236-5300                            (425) 898-0660
www.ci.mercer-island.wa.us                www.ci.sammamish.wa.us

City of Snoqualmie                        City of Woodinville
8020 Railroad Ave SE                      17301 133rd Ave NE,
P.O. Box 987                              Woodinville, WA 98072
Snoqualmie, WA 98065                      (425) 489-2700
(425) 888-5307                            www.ci.woodinville.wa.us
www.ci.snoqualmie.wa.us

City of Yarrow Point
 4030 95th Ave NE
Yarrow Point, WA 98004
(425) 454-6994
www.ci.yarrow-point.wa.us




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  EmERgEnCY SERvICES: poLICE And FIRE

   About police and Fire
  Police officers and fire fighters work with the entire
  community, people of different cultures and ethnicities
  to provide a safe environment. They work to protect you
  from fire, disaster and medical emergencies. Call 911 in
  emergencies.

  911
  911 is a link between you and local police and fire departments and it is the
  only number you need to remember. 911 personnel will tell you what to do until
  help arrives. When dialing 911, your address automatically comes up on the
  dispatcher’s screen, but they may still need to confirm the address. If you don’t
  know the address where you are, 911 personnel will still respond to your call.
  Usually the emergency is being responded to before the phone call is complete.
  911 is for emergencies only.

  When Calling 911
  Stay calm. Be ready to describe the problem, give your location, your name,
  and phone number. If you can’t speak English, tell the person on the phone
  what language you need, and an interpreter will enter your conversation. The
  person on the phone may ask more questions.

  In Case of Fire
  Call 911 and your local fire department will respond.

  Smoke Detectors: Every home or apartment needs to have a working smoke
  detector. Landlords must provide smoke detectors. It is against the law to
  damage the smoke detector.

  Washington Poison Center / 24-hour line ...............1-800-222-1222
  Choose Option 1 to report a poisoning
  or 1-800-732-6985 or TDD 1-800-572-0638
  For non-emergency information ...................................... (206) 517-2350
  Poison control provides 24 hour telephone information.They can provide poison
  information and first aid help in many languages. There are ways you can
  prevent children from poisonous substances. One way is to teach children what
  things they can put in their mouth and what they should not. The center also
  provides information and materials to prevent children from being poisoned.
  For these call 1-800-222-1222.




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 About disaster preparedness
In the event of large-scale emergency such as a flood, landslide, or terrorist act,
there are ways to prepare yourself and get assistance. You may be unable to
contact the police or 911 due to loss of power. Emergency Service personnel
may by unable to respond. So, you need to develop a disaster plan for you and
your family.

Workplaces, schools, community centers and many other places in your
neighborhood have plans in case of disaster. Ask about them to be prepared.

In case of an infectious disease outbreak or an incident of bio-terrorism visit
the Public Health – Seattle & King County website at www.metrokc.gov/health
for updated information.

Planning with your Family
  - Choose a meeting place away from your home in case you can’t go inside
    your home.
  - Have someone who lives at least 200 miles (322km) away be your
    contact person because it’s easier to make long distance calls in a local
    emergency.
  - Make sure all family members (including children) know to dial 911 in an
    emergency.
  - Keep fire extinguishers where you live and show everyone how to use
    them.
  - Keep emergency supplies in a kit. The kit should have first aid, food, water,
    clothes, bedding, tools and any other things you may need. Keep enough
    supplies for at least 3 days.
  - Learn first aid and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
  - Find different ways to leave your home and find 2 ways out of each room.
  - Make sure fire extinguishers work. Recharge or replace used fire
    extinguishers.
  - Test smoke detectors and change the batteries regularly.
  - Review your plan regularly to remember it.

NOTE: For more information on steps to take for various kinds of disasters as
well as disaster preparedness, contact your local or state office of emergency
management, or the American Red Cross.




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   Helpful Places

  During emergencies, TV and Radio are good sources for information.

   The American Red Cross- Seattle Chapter,
   Serving King and Kitsap Counties                         (206) 323-6565
   PO Box 3097
   Seattle, WA 98114
   www.seattleredcross.org
   The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that provides
   immediate free assistance to the victims of disasters. The Red Cross also
   trains people to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies; seeks
   to reconnect families separated by such events; and provides emergency
   communications between members of the U.S Armed Forces and their
   families here at home. If you need assistance, please contact us 24 hours/
   day, 7 days/week. Phone (206) 323-6565.

   King County Office of Emergency Management
   24 hr line:                                             (206) 296-3830

   Salvation Army                         Eastside Office (425) 452-7300

   Insurance Information
   www.insurance.wa.gov
   WA State Office of Insurance Commissioner
   Consumer advocacy and outreach                         1-800-562-6900

   Federal Emergency Management                     U.S. Small Business
   Assistance (FEMA)                                Administration
   Numbers only work after a Presidential           1-800-488-5323
   Disaster Declaration                             Numbers only activated
   1-800-621-FEMA or 1-800-621-3362                 is there has been an
   TTY 1-800-562-7585                               emergency declaration.
   www.fema.gov                                     www.sba.gov/wa

  If you have damage call 1-800-462-FEMA (3362) (For speech or hearing
  impaired – TTY 1-800-562-7585) to register with the Federal Emergency
  Management Agency (FEMA). You must call and apply within the application
  period.

  About Insurance
  If your property is covered by insurance, contact your insurance company. If
  you don’t have insurance, federal programs like FEMA are here to help.


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HouSIng And SHELtER

 About Housing
It is against federal law for landlords to discriminate
against people seeking housing based on race, color,
national origin, religion, sex, family status, or disability.
Plan to spend 25-30% of your income on housing.

Who is Eligible?
Some resources are available to people with disabilities
or people without disabilities. Many are limited to low-income
families.

 owning A Home
Many organizations will help you find homes at prices you can afford. They
may ask about your income to see if you qualify for services. Some have
services for people with disabilities and the elderly, so if you need these, please
ask about them. Most of these programs offer their services for free.

A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH) ................ (425) 861-3676
An information source for below-market price homes available through local
city housing programs. Find available homes on the ARCH website:
http://www.archhousing.org/ownership/index.htm

Community Home Ownership Center (CHOC) ........1-800-317-2918
Helps new homebuyers. For free guides and other resources please see their
website
www.choc-wa.org

Habitat for Humanity of East King County ............... (425) 869-6007
Builds homes for families that partner with volunteers to complete their new
homes. Houses are sold without a profit and with no-interest mortgages.

Homebuyer Education Classes .................. 1-800-767-4663, ext 775
Free classes. You can get a schedule of home buying classes on the Washington
State Housing Finance Commission website:
www.wshfc.org/buyers/schedule.htm

House Key / House Key Plus ........................ ARCH (425) 861-3677
Community Home Ownership Center (CHOC) ............... 1-800-317-2918
Washington State Housing Finance Commission ............ 1-800-767-4663
A down payment assistance loan and below market rate mortgages to first-
time homebuyers meeting income requirements. Information at
www.wshfc.org/buyers/index.htm

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  HUD-funded housing counseling agencies..............1-888-466-3487
  Advice on buying a home, making payments and what to do if you can’t afford
  payments or have lost your home.

  King County Housing Stability Project .....................1-800-621-4636
                                                              (206) 461-3200
  Provides loans and grants to people threatened with losing their homes.

  Repairs and Protecting your Home from Weather .... (206) 214-1240
  King County Housing Authority offers home repair and weatherization
  programs for low-income homeowners. Programs may also be offered through
  your city.

  For utilities repair call ......................PSE 1-800-562-1482, Option 1
  For more information on weatherization, please see the Electricity, Gas and
  Water section.

  Rebuilding Together Eastside ................................... (425) 455-0179
  (formerly called Christmas in April) Repairs and renovates houses for many
  people, particularly the elderly, individuals with disabilities, and families with
  children.

  Rental Housing

  A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH) ................. (425) 861-3676
  An information source for below market price rental homes. Call ARCH or go
  to the website http://www.archhousing.org/rental/index.html

  King County Housing Authority (KCHA) Rental Housing
  KCHA Eastside Office ............................................. (206) 574-1140
  Provides subsidized rental housing units for low-income families, seniors and
  persons with disabilities.

  Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) ......... (206) 214-1300
  May provide assistance with rent costs. Call to see if vouchers are available.

  KCHA Housing Access & Services Program .....YWCA (206) 461-3694
  (HASP) Helps people with disabilities access Section 8 vouchers. Information
  is available through the YWCA.

  King County Housing Stability Project
  Community Information Line ... 1-800-621-4636 or (206) 461-3200
  Provides loans and grants to households at immediate risk of eviction or
  foreclosure and assistance to homeless families who need help with move-in
  expenses.
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If you are willing to move, call the following number. You may put your name
on the waiting list of more than one place.
KCHA Eastside Office .............................................. (206) 574-1140

Saint Andrew’s Housing Group (SAHG) .................. (425) 746-1699
Serves individuals and families unable to afford market price housing.

 Emergency Shelter & transitional Housing
Many organizations provide safe, confidential places where you can live if you
have problems. Different organizations will provide things such as emergency
housing, temporary housing, or help finding permanent housing. Call the
numbers listed to find out about all their services.

Community Information Line .... 1-800-621-4636 or (206) 461-3200
                                                   TTY (206) 461-3610
Crisis Clinic ..............24-hour Emergency Numbers 1-800-244-5767
                                                        (206) 461-3222
                                                   TTY (206) 461-3219

Catholic Community Services (CCS) .......................1-800-872-3204
Provides housing and other services for homeless, pregnant women at homes
located in Bellevue and Bothell. Also provides shelter for homeless men in
South and East King County.

Eastside Interfaith Social Concern Council
Congregations for the Homeless............................. (206) 295-7803
A shelter program for homeless men provided by faith groups.

El Centro de la Raza ............................................... (206) 957-4634
Assists families with children find permanent housing. Primarily serves
homeless Spanish speakers, but will help everyone. Assists with housing
applications and provides translation. Operates El Patio, a low-income and
transitional housing facility.

Friends of Youth ..................................................... (425) 869-6490
Provides many types of housing for young people ages 11 – 24 years old.
For more information on other social services Friends of Youth offers, see the
Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol and Crisis Services section.

Hopelink ................................................................ (425) 882-0241
Provides family shelter, transitional housing, energy (heating) assistance, and
emergency financial assistance among other services. See the Financial Help,
Food and Clothing section for more information about Hopelink.


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  Kirkland Interfaith Transitions in Housing (KITH) ....... (425) 576-9531
  Provides homeless families with transitional housing. Offers help with rental
  agreements, paying rent, and getting furniture or household items.

  YWCA Family Village .............................................. (425) 556-1350
  Provides emergency shelter and transitional homes for homeless women and
  families. Operates the YWCA Family Village in Redmond, a family transitional
  housing facility with child care and employment services.

  Housing for People with Disabilities and Special Needs
  The following programs offer services for people with disabilities and special
  needs and for those without them.

  Eastside Domestic Violence Program ... 24-hour lines (425) 746-1940
                                                              1-800 827-8840
  Has two confidential shelters, a large network of places to go if you have
  problems, a 24-hour Crisis Line, support groups, programs for children, a
  program that links families to police and the courts, and education and training
  programs. (See the Domestic Violence section for more information.)

  King County Housing Authority (KCHA) ................... (206) 461-3694
  Housing Access & Services Program (HASP)
  HASP Helps people with disabilities access Section 8 vouchers. Information is
  available through the YWCA.

  Parkview Group Homes ........................................ (206) 324-4113
  Provides homes and support services to people with developmental disabilities
  and their families.

   Rental Information
  The Tenant-Landlord Information is printed with permission from the Office of
  the Attorney General. The information can also be found in English and other
  languages at www.atg.wa.gov/consumer/lt/

  Basic Rights of All Tenants
  Right to a livable place.
  Protection from unlawful discrimination.
  Right to hold the landlord responsible for damage caused by the landlord’s
  lack of caring for the property.
  Protection against being locked out and seizure of personal property by the
  landlord.




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Types of Rental Agreements
A rental agreement is an agreement between you and your landlord
stating expectations and rules of you as a renter and your landlord.
There are two different types of rental agreements:

Month-to-Month Agreement
This agreement is for an indefinite period of time, with rent usually payable
on a monthly basis. The agreement can be in writing or oral, but if any type
of fee or refundable deposit is being paid, the agreement must be in writing.
A month-to-month agreement continues until either you or the landlord give
proper notice to end it. The rent can be raised or the rules changed at any time,
if the landlord gives you proper notice.

Lease
A lease requires you to stay for a specific amount of time and restricts the
landlord’s ability to change the terms of the rental agreement. A lease must be
in writing to be valid. During the term of the lease, the rent cannot be raised or
the rules changed unless both you and the landlord agree.

Illegal Statements in Rental Agreements
Not all statements in rental agreements or leases are necessarily legal.

Illegal statements include:
     - Denying any right given to tenants by the Landlord Tenant Act.
     - Requiring tenants to give up their right to defend themselves in court
        against a landlord’s accusations.
     - Limiting the landlord’s liability in situations where the landlord would
        normally be responsible.
     - Allowing the landlord to enter the rental unit without proper notice.
     - Requiring a tenant to pay for all damage to the unit, even if tenants or
        their guests do not cause it.
     - Stating that the tenant will pay the landlord’s attorney’s fees under
        any circumstances if a dispute goes to court.
     - Allowing the landlord to take a tenant’s property if the tenant does
        not pay rent on time.

Deposits and Other Fees
When you move in, the landlord often collects money to cover things like
cleaning or repairs that may be done after you move out. The money collected
may be returned (if refundable) to you or not.

Refundable Deposits
The word “deposit” only means money that can be refunded to the tenant.


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  If a refundable deposit is being charged, the law requires:
  -A written rental agreement stating what each deposit is for and what you
  must do in order to get the money back.
     -                                                        You must be given a writ
     -                                                                           A com
        place. You and the landlord must sign it, and you must be given a signed
        copy.
     -                                                                           Depos
        must be informed in writing where the deposits are being kept.

  Nonrefundable Fees
  These will not be returned to you under any circumstance. If a nonrefundable
  fee is being charged, the rental agreement must be in writing and must state
  that the fee will not be returned.

   While Living in the Rental unit
  Landlord Responsibilities:
      - Maintain the home so it does not violate state and local codes in ways
        that endanger your health and safety.
      - Maintain parts of the building, such as roofs, floors and chimneys, in
        reasonably good repair.
      - Maintain the home in reasonably weather-tight condition.
      - Provide adequate locks and keys.
      - Provide necessary facilities to supply heat, electricity and hot/cold
        water.
      - Provide garbage cans and arrange for removal of garbage, except in
        homes for one family.
      - Keep common areas, such as lobbies, stairways and halls, reasonably
        clean and free from hazards.
      - Control pests before you move in. The landlord must continue to
        control infestations except in single-family dwellings, or when you
        caused the infestation.
      - Make repairs to keep the unit in the same condition as when the
        tenant moved in (except for normal use).
      - Keep electrical, plumbing and heating systems in good repair, and
        maintain any appliances that are provided with the rental.
      - Inform you of the name and address of the landlord or landlord’s
        representative.
      - Set water heaters at 120°F (about 49 °C) when a new tenant moves
        in.
      - Provide smoke detectors, and ensure they work properly when you
        move in. (You are responsible for maintaining detectors.)
      - Investigate whether you are engaging in gang-related activity when
        another tenant notifies the landlord of gang-related activity by serving
        a written notice and investigation demand to the landlord.
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Note: A landlord is not responsible for the cost of correcting problems that
you caused.

Tenant Responsibilities:
    - Pay rent, and any utilities agreed upon.
    - Comply with requirements of city, county or state regulations.
    - Keep the unit clean and sanitary.
    - Dispose of garbage properly.
    - Pay for fumigation of infestations caused by the tenant.
    - Properly operate plumbing, electrical and heating systems.
    - Not intentionally damage the place.
    - Not engage in or allow any gang-related activity.
    - Not permit substantial damage to the property or interference with
      other tenants’ use of their property.
    - When moving out, restore the place to the same condition as when you
      moved in, except for normal use.

Landlord’s Access to the Rented Place
The landlord must give you at least a two-day notice that he or she wants to
enter at reasonable times. The law says that tenants must not unreasonably
refuse to allow the landlord to enter where the landlord has given at least one-
day’s notice of intent to enter at a certain time to show the place to potential
or actual buyers or tenants. Tenants must not unreasonably refuse the landlord
access to repair, improve, or service the place. In case of an emergency, or if the
property has been abandoned, the landlord can enter without notice.

 About Repairs
Required Notice
    - When something needs to be repaired, the first required step is to
      give written notice of the problem to the landlord. The notice must
      include the address and apartment number of the rented place, the
      name of the owner, if known, and a description of the problem.
    - After giving notice, the tenant must wait the required time for the
      landlord to begin making repairs: 24 hours for no hot or cold water,
      heat, or electricity, or for a condition that is imminently hazardous
      to life. 72 hours for repair of refrigerator, stove and oven, or a major
      plumbing fixture supplied by landlord. 10 days for all other repairs.

 About Illegal Actions of A Landlord
The law prohibits a landlord from taking certain actions against a tenant,
including:




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  Lockouts
  Landlords are prohibited from changing locks, adding new locks, or otherwise
  making it impossible for you to use the normal locks and keys. Even if you are
  behind in rent, lockouts are illegal. If you are locked out, you can file a lawsuit
  to regain entry.

  Utility Shutoffs
  The landlord may not shut off utilities because you are behind in rent, or to
  force you to move out. The landlord may only shut off utilities so that repairs
  may be made, and only for a reasonable amount of time.

  If a landlord intentionally does not pay utility bills so the service will be turned
  off, that could be considered an illegal shutoff.

  If the landlord has shut off utilities, you should first check with the utility
  company to see if it will restore service. If it appears the shutoff is illegal, you
  can file a lawsuit.

  Taking the Tenant’s Property
  The law allows a landlord to take your property only in the case of abandonment.
  A statement in a rental agreement, which allows the landlord to take a tenant’s
  property in other situations, is not legal. If the landlord does take your property
  illegally, contact the landlord first. If that is unsuccessful, notify police.

  Renting Condemned Property
  The landlord may not rent units that are condemned (unfit for living) or
  unlawful to occupy due to existing uncorrected code violations.

  Retaliatory Actions
  If you exercise your rights under the law, such as complaining to a government
  authority, the law prohibits the landlord from taking retaliatory action (actions
  against you as a result of your complaint) like raising the rent, reducing services,
  or evicting you.

   About proper notice to Leave
  When you want to move out of a rental unit, it is important that you give proper
  notice to the landlord. Check your rental agreement to determine what kind of
  notice must be given.

  Return of Deposits
  After you move out, the landlord has 14 days in which to either return deposits,
  or give you a written statement of why all or part of the money is being kept.
  Leave a forwarding address with the landlord when moving out. Under the law,
  you must restore the rental unit to the same condition as when you moved in,

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except for normal wear and tear. Deposits cannot be used to cover normal use,
or damage that existed when you moved in.

 About Eviction
There are four types of evictions under the law, each requiring a certain type
of notice: not paying rent, not complying with the rental agreement, creating a
“waste or nuisance,” and “no cause.”

If the landlord wants you to move out and does not give a reason, you must be
given a 20-day notice to leave, at least 20 days before the next rent is due.

You can only be required to move out at the end of a rental period (the day
before a rental payment is due.) Usually, a 20-day notice cannot be used if you
have signed a lease. Check the specific rental document to be sure.

How must a landlord notify the tenant of eviction proceedings?
For a landlord to take legal action against a tenant who doesn’t move out,
the landlord must first give you written notice. The landlord’s options include
serving you the eviction notice in person, serving you papers through the mail,
or placing the eviction notice in a prominent place on the premises.

What if a tenant continues to live in a rental unit after receiving
notice?
If you stay in the rental in violation of a notice to leave, the landlord must go to
court. If the court rules in favor of the landlord, the sheriff will be instructed
to move you out of the rental if you don’t leave voluntarily.

 About Abandonment
Under law, abandonment occurs when you have both fallen behind in rent AND
have indicated by words or actions an intention to not continue living in the
rental. When a rental has been abandoned, the landlord may enter the place
and remove any abandoned property. It must then be stored in a reasonably
secure place. A notice must be mailed to you saying where the property is being
stored, and when it will be sold. If the landlord does not have your new address,
the notice should be mailed to the rental address, so it can be forwarded by the
post office. Call your City for more information and talk with someone in the
zoning or building departments. See phone numbers in the City section.

 Helpful Places

For general questions about housing codes
Contact your city and talk with someone in the zoning or building departments.
See the city section for phone numbers.
 For Complaints about discrimination

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  King County Office of Civil Rights ........................... (206) 296-7592
                                                            TTY (206) 296-7596
  Investigates allegations of discrimination in housing.
  www.metrokc.gov/dias/ocre

  HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity . (206) 220-5170
                                                         TTY (206) 220-5185
  Provides information on enforcement of the Fair Housing Laws to ensure
  that the right of equal opportunity and free and fair housing choices without
  discrimination.
  www.hud.gov/offices/fheao/

  Washington State Human Rights Commission ........ (206) 464-6500
                                                         TTY (206) 587-5168
  Provides legal information and assistance with complaints about discrimination
  on the phone.

  For Information on Renter’s Rights
  and Help Resolving Conflicts

  Bellevue Neighborhood Mediation Program ............ (425) 452-4091
  Free mediation for Bellevue residents and free interpreters for mediations.
  Mediation is a way to resolve conflicts without going to court.

  Catholic Community Services Legal Action Center .... (206) 324-6890
  Provides legal assistance for low-income clients with civil and legal problems
  including landlord/tenant issues.

  Columbia Legal Services......................................... (206) 464-5933
  Represents low-income people on civil and legal matters all over Washington.

  Housing Justice Project ........................................... (206) 624-9365
  Assistance with eviction process for tenants.

  King County Dispute Resolution Center ..................1-888-803-4696
                                                            (206) 443-9603
  Free or low cost mediation to resolve conflicts without using the court
  system.

  NW Justice Project
  Northwest Justice Project: Information site that includes eviction, tenants’
  rights, home ownership and other housing issues.
  www.nwjustice.org/law_center/housing.html
  Tenant Net
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www.wa.gov/ago/consumer/lt/home.html
Links to Landlord-Tenant laws .............www.atg.wa.gov/consumer/lt/

Tenants Union .................... (206) 723-0500 or TDD (206) 723-0523
A non-profit membership-based organization of tenants providing information
about landlord/tenant laws and tenants’ rights. www.tenantsunion.org

Washington Protection and Advocacy ...................... (206) 324-1521
Pursues justice on behalf of people with disabilities on matters related to
human, legal and civil rights. www.wpas-rights.org




LIBRARY
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  About The King County Library System
  The King County Library System offers people living
  in King County free access to books, music, videos and
  computers. The King County Library System’s has books,
  tapes and videos in many languages. Many free programs
  and classes are also offered, including bilingual Story Times
  for children, ESL (English as a Second Language), computer classes, author
  appearances, talks by authors and interesting activities for all ages. Some
  libraries offer classes to prepare you for citizenship tests.
  Check with your local King County library to see what is available.

  Who can get a library card and use the library?
  Anyone living in the area served by the King County Library System. Libraries
  are open to everyone to use, but to use computers in the library you may need
  to have a library card issued by King County Library system and a telephone
  number. If you get a library card from one King County Library it will work in
  all of them. (A list of library telephone numbers is below.)

  How do I get a library card?
  To borrow library materials, you need to sign up for a free library card. Each
  family member can sign up for his or her own library card. You need to have
  picture identification and something showing your address (driver’s license or
  a utility bill, for example). You can sign up for a library card on your home
  computer at the website www.kcls.org or at the library. Let the library know if
  you have lost your card.

  What can I borrow at the library?
  You can borrow books, CDs, audiocassettes, videos, DVDs and magazines. Ask
  the librarian when you need to return your things.
  Renewing allows you to keep the book a little bit past its original due date. You
  can renew at the library website or with a librarian. If an item is returned after
  the date it is due, you will be charged an overdue fine unless you have renewed
  it. Check with your local library for loan periods and overdue fine amounts.

  Can I use a computer at the library?
  All King County libraries have computers you can use for free with your library
  card and a telephone number. They are available for finding information, doing
  homework, looking for jobs, and many other things. You can print copies to
  take home from these computers. To make an appointment to use a computer,
  call your library, or sign up from your home computer on the King County
  website, www.kcls.org. Some of the libraries have computer labs that offer
  classes and other help learning to use computers. Call any library to find the
  nearest branch with a computer lab.

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What special programs does the library have for children?
The library has story time for children from babies on up, and special story
time programs for children and families. There are holiday programs, music
programs, storytelling programs, and special reading programs for kids. Call
your library for its activities and times or go to the website www.kcls.org and
choose “Programs, Classes and Events.”

East King County Libraries
The Answer Line ..............................(425) 462-9600 or 1-800-462-9600
                                                           TDD (425) 450-1788
Provides general information like library locations, programs and classes
happening at libraries and can renew and reserve books for you. Can also help
you find information on topics you are researching in the library very quickly.

Bellevue Regional Library ............................................... (425) 450-1765
Bothell Regional Library.................................................. (425) 486-7811
Carnation Library ......................................................... (425) 333-4398
Crossroads Library ......................................................... (425) 644-6203
Duvall Library ................................................................ (425) 788-1173
Fall City Library ............................................................. (425) 222-5951
Issaquah Library ............................................................ (425) 392-5430
Kingsgate Library ........................................................... (425) 821-7686
Kirkland Library ............................................................. (425) 822-2459
Lake Hills Library ........................................................... (425) 747-3350
Mercer Island Library ..................................................... (206) 236-3537
Newport Way Library ..................................................... (425) 747-2390
North Bend Library ........................................................ (425) 888-0554
Redmond Regional Library.............................................. (425) 885-1861
Sammamish Library ....................................................... (425) 836-8793
Skykomish Library .......................................................... (360) 677-2660
Snoqualmie Library ........................................................ (425) 888-1223
Woodinville Library ........................................................ (425) 788-0733




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  tHE poSt oFFICE

   About the united States postal Service
  The United States Postal Service (USPS) is a branch
  of the federal government that sends and distributes
  domestic and international mail to homes and
  businesses. There may be more than one post office
  in your city. The U.S. Postal Service is not the only
  way to send mail; there are other companies that send                      and
  distribute mail too.

  Addressing a Letter or Package

  Mailing or delivery address: The address that mail is being sent to.
  Return address: The address from which you are sending the mail (your own
  address). It ensures that an item can be returned if necessary.
   (The return address)
   From:                                                                  Postal
   Your Name                                                              Stamp
   1111 Anywhere Avenue
   Somewhere, Washington 98083
                                      (The mailing address)
                                  To: Recipient Name
                                      1111 21st Street Apartment #1
                                      Somewhere, NY 12345

  Zip Code: A 5-digit number letting the post office know the area were the
  mail goes.

  How Can I Send Mail To Places Outside the U.S.?
  As with domestic mail, you can choose the best service based on speed, cost,
  and extra services. When mailing internationally you must include a country
  name and country postal code to the return and destination addresses. You
  also have to write “AIRMAIL” in large letters under the destination address.
  The full address should be typed or written in English. As a precaution, senders
  should place a card showing the names and addresses of the sender and
  addressee inside parcels. The following shows the order of information for the
  destination address:
   LINE 1: Name of Recipient
   LINE 2: Street address or P.O. Box number (see below for information on
             PO Boxes)
   LINE 3: City, or Town name, (province, state, county, etc.) and postal code
             (if known) (Note: in some countries, the postal code may come
             before the city or town name)
   LINE 4: COUNTRY NAME (use capital letters, in English)

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Mailing Costs and Services
The cost to mail a package or letter depends on many things like the destination,
speed, the type of item you are mailing, what you do to prepare the item, etc.
You may choose what works best for you. Also, you may qualify for discount
rates.

Delivery Services within the United States:
Express Mail Next Day delivery
First-Class Mail 1-3 Days delivery
Priority Mail 2-3 Days delivery
Standard Mail -Items weighing less than 16 ounces (.45kg) can be sent at
discounted or special rates.

Ways to make your letter or package secure:

Delivery confirmation: Verifies delivery.
Signature Confirmation: The recipient signs for the package.
Certified Mail: Secure mail that requires the recipient’s signature at the time
of delivery.
Collect on Delivery (COD): Allows the postage and price of an item to be
collected from the recipient by the USPS and given to the mailer.
Insured Mail: Insurance in case of loss or damage.
Registered Mail: Provides maximum security and date of delivery or attempted
delivery.

Where can I get stamps?
Stamps come in many styles and prices. You can buy them in places like your
local Post Office, vending machines, grocery stores, and on the internet. The
type and cost of stamps depends on where your mail is going and its weight.
Call your post office for more information.

Receiving Mail
When you keep a house or apartment you are eligible to receive mail at that
address. There are other options to get your mail to you. One is keeping a Post
Office Box (PO Box).

What is a PO Box? And how do I get one?
A PO Box is one place where you can pick up your mail, especially if you
move around a lot or want to keep important mail private. You can rent a PO
Box from the post office. Call your local post office to see what they have
available.




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  How do I get my mail when I move?
  Notify the post office about a month before your move. You can change your
  address online or do it at your local Post Office. It is important to change your
  address with people sending you mail so you receive your mail at your new
  address.

  How do I get my mail when on vacation?
  Contact your post office about vacation holds.

   other Services at the post office
  You can buy packaging supplies, stamps, telephone calling cards and money
  orders.

  Money Orders: How can I avoid sending cash in the mail?
  Money orders are a safe alternative to sending cash through the mail. A lost
  or stolen money order can be replaced. You can buy money orders at all Post
  Offices in amounts up to $1,000 each. Most money orders cost $0.90-$1.25.

  Passports
  Some Post Offices offer passport application and renewal services. For more
  information about passport application forms and locations, call the United
  States Postal Service.

  United States Postal Service ...... 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777)
  www.usps.com ............................................................TTY 1-877-7833




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Main Post Offices in East King County
Note: There are usually multiple post offices in each city; these are just the
main ones. Please contact them for information on other post offices in your
city or call the U.S. Postal Service number above.

Bellevue........................................................................ (425) 453-5655
Bothell .......................................................................... (425) 482-9755
Carnation ..................................................................... (425) 333-6451
Duvall .......................................................................... (425) 788-5645
Fall City ........................................................................ (425) 222-7501
Issaquah ....................................................................... (425) 837-8795
Kirkland ........................................................................ (425) 739-6727
Kenmore ...................................................................... (425) 482-9755
Medina......................................................................... (425) 646-8111
Mercer Island ............................................................... (206) 230-5636
North Bend ................................................................... (425) 831-7020
Preston ......................................................................... (425) 222-5536
Redmond ...................................................................... (425) 885-1057
Skykomish..................................................................... (360) 677-2241
Snoqualmie .................................................................. (425) 888-4317
Woodinville ................................................................... (425) 487-0995




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  nEIgHBoRHood ACtIvItIES And RECREAtIon

   About neighborhood Activities and Recreation
  East King County cities have beautiful parks for
  everyone to enjoy, and recreation programs for all ages.
  Some cities also have hiking and bicycling trails, and
  swimming pools and beaches. There are a number of
  organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Clubs, that
  have recreation programs for children and youth, and
  the YMCA, which also offers adult activities. Most of the
  city programs and other organizations have scholarships to help people pay for
  classes or activities.

  How To Find Information About Parks, Classes or Activities
  The best way to find out about what is available is to call the particular city’s
  parks and recreation office. Or, you can check the websites and usually get this
  information. Below is the main contact information for each of the cities in
  East King County that offer recreation activities:

  Who is Eligible?
  Each place has its own eligibility requirements. For example, Cities may require
  that you live within city limits to be eligible for discounts. Please contact these
  places directly if you are interested in scholarships or discounts to see if you
  are eligible.

  City of Bellevue
  www.cityofbellevue.org
  www.ci.bellevue.wa.us
  For Services for Spanish-speakers, go to the City of Bellevue Website and
  choose La Pagina de Internet de la Cuidad de Bellevue
  Recreation and Parks Information/Registration.................. (425) 452-6881
  Bellevue Aquatic Center ................................................. (425) 452-4444
  North Bellevue Community and Senior Center ................. (425) 452-7681
  Highland Community Center ......................................... (425) 452-7686
                                                              (for people with disabilities)

  City of Bothell
  www.ci.bothell.wa.us
  Recreation and Parks Information/Registration.................. (425) 486-7430
  Northshore Pool ............................................................ (206) 296-4333
  Northshore Senior Center............................................... (425) 487-2441




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City of Carnation
www.ci.carnation.wa.us
Sno Valley Senior Center ................................................ (425) 333-4152

City of Issaquah
www.ci.issaquah.wa.us
Recreation and Parks Information/Registration.................. (425) 837-3300
Julius Boehm Pool ......................................................... (425) 837-3350

City of Kirkland
www.ci.kirkland.wa.us
Online registration ............................................... www.kirklandparks.net
Recreation and Parks Information/Registration.................. (425) 587-3300
North Kirkland Community Center .............................. (425) 587-3350
Peter Kirk Pool ............................................................... (425) 587-3335
Teen Center .................................................................. (425) 822-3088
Senior Center .............................................................. (425) 587-3360

City of Mercer Island
www.ci.mercer-island.wa.us
Recreation and Parks Information/Registration.................. (206) 236-3545
Mercer Island Pool ......................................................... (206) 296-4370

City of Newcastle
www.ci.newcastle.wa.us
Parks and Facility Information ......................................... (425) 649-4444

City of North Bend
www.ci.north-bend.wa.us
Mt Si Senior Center ....................................................... (425) 888-3434

City of Redmond
www.ci.redmond.wa.us or www.redmond.gov
Recreation and Parks Information/Registration.................. (425) 556-2300
Redmond Pool............................................................... (425) 296-2961
Teen Center .................................................................. (425) 556-2370
Senior Center ................................................................ (425) 556-2314

City of Sammamish
www.ci.sammamish.wa.us
Information ................................................................... (425) 898-0660

City of Snoqualmie
www.ci.snoqualmie.wa.us
Recreation and Parks Information .................................... (425) 831-5784
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  Another good website that has parks and recreation activity brochures for a
  number of cities in East King County is:
  www.myparksandrecreation.com/info_activity/city_catalogs.asp

  other organizations offering recreation programs:

  Bellevue Boys and Girls Club.......................................... (425) 454-6162
  Kirkland Boys and Girls Club ........................................ (425) 827-0132
  Mercer Island Boys and Girls Club .................................. (425) 232-4548
  Redmond Boys and Girls Club ........................................ (425) 836-9295
  Femwood YMCA (Bothell) .............................................. (425) 806-0473
  Lake Heights Family YMCA (Bellevue) .............................. (425) 644-8417
  Campfire Boys and Girls ..................(425) 885-0477 or 1-800-451-2267
  Big Brothers/Big Sisters Eastside ...................................... (425) 415-0494
  Strom Jewish Community Center (Mercer Island) .............. (206) 232-7115
  Girl Scouts Totem Council (main office in Bellevue) .......... (425) 614-1126




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utILItIES

 About utilities
Electricity, gas and water are known as “utilities.”
You probably receive gas and electricity from Puget
Sound Energy (PSE); please see below for PSE
contact information. Water service usually comes
from your city (see the Cities section).

 About deposits
There are some cases in which you may have to pay a deposit. For example:
    - if the utility company believes you do not have a record of good credit.
    - you or someone at your address still owes money to a previous utility
       company.
    - a company has denied you service before.

When do I get my deposit back?
When you pay your bill by the date payment is due for 12 consecutive months,
your deposit will be used to pay your next bill or returned to you. For more
information, call your utility company.

What can I do if I can’t afford the deposit?
Tell your company and they may help you find a solution. Also, there are some
places that can help you pay your bill and may help with your deposit if it
has caused your company to disconnect service. One of them is Puget Sound
Energy’s Utility Assistance Program which is connected to Hopelink and the
Salvation Army. See below for their telephone numbers.

 About utility Bills
The bill has information like the date when the bill becomes overdue and phone
numbers to call to complain if you need to. A bill is past due after 15 days
from date the company sends you the bill. You can request a different due date
based on when you get paid from your job.

What types of payment will the company accept?
   - Checks made to your utility company or money orders (to learn more
      about money orders, see the Post Office section).
   - If you have a bank account, you may connect it to your utility
      company to transfer your money automatically to pay bills. This saves
      you the cost of mailing and writing checks. Call your utility company
      and bank to ask about this.
   - Credit Cards are accepted for making payments on PSE bills.



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  How can I make a formal complaint about my bill or service?
  Call the company and describe the problem. You can request that the company
  re-check the energy or water meter. Ask for a supervisor if necessary. If you
  can’t solve the problem with the company, call the “UTC”: Utilities and
  Transportation Commission (information below).

   About the Rates you pay
  Many companies will send you a copy of their rates. If not, a copy must be
  available at the company’s office. You may also review a document outlining
  rates, terms and conditions for providing service at UTC headquarters in
  Olympia or request that a copy be mailed to you. Your company must inform
  you of proposed rate increases before they happen. If you disagree with the rate
  increase, you can write a letter, attend a public meeting or call the UTC.

   About disconnecting Your Service
  Companies can turn off your service for reasons such as: you have not paid your
  bills on time, or you started service under a false name. Before disconnecting
  you, the company must give you a written notice describing the amount you owe
  and what you must do to avoid disconnection.

  When are companies not allowed to disconnect service?
  They cannot disconnect service on days when the company cannot start your
  service again the same or next day (such as weekends and some holidays).
  There are exceptions.

  Can the company charge me for reconnection?
  Yes, the amount varies from company to company.

   utilities Assistance
  If you cannot pay your bills, there are programs that can help you keep your
  utilities on. The information below shows different ways you can get utilities
  assistance.

  Who is Eligible?
  Customers have to meet certain criteria, like income requirements to receive
  assistance. Call the programs to ask for their requirements.

  Weatherization involves adding more insulation to your home, reducing the flow
  of outside air in your home, or installing proper windows. This will permanently
  reduce your energy costs. There are special programs for low income families.
  Call your utility company to find out more.

  Hopelink
  Provides Energy Assistance through two programs:

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  1) PSE: Puget Sound Energy, the program they both support is called
     HELP and
  2) LIHEAP: Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

To apply for utilities assistance in either program or for more information
call the Hopelink Energy Line below. The person answering can decide which
program meets your needs.

Puget Sound Energy (PSE)
Provides natural gas and electricity. To help you pay your utilities bills, PSE
offers the following services:
     - A program called HELP. PSE works with Hopelink and the Salvation
        Army to provide utilities assistance.
     - Budget Payment Plans: These average energy charges over a period
        of months to even out monthly bills.
     - Weatherization assistance

The Moratorium
A payment plan that enables individuals who have used up all other options
to keep their heat on from late fall through early spring. Call your utility
company for further information and specifically ask about ‘Moratorium.’

Salvation Army
In partnership with PSE, provides utility assistance throughout the year for
people who have received a notice from their utility company that their service
will be disconnected. They offer vouchers to cover utility costs. Call to make
an appointment and fill out an application.




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   Hopelink Energy Line (HELP)            Puget Sound Energy (PSE)
   (425) 869-6027                         Customer Services
   1-800-348-7144                         P.O. Box 90868B
   National Energy Assistance             Bellevue, WA 98009
   Referral (NEAR)                        (425) 452-1234 or 1-888-225-
   1-866-674-6327                         5773
   (1-866-NRG-NEAR)                       TTY 1-800-962-9498
                                          24 hours a day, seven days a week
   Salvation Army                         Assistance in many languages
   911 164th Ave NE
   Bellevue, WA 98008                     Send payments to:
   (425) 452-7300                         Payment Processing
   Washington UTC                         BOT-01H, PO Box 91269
   1-800-562-6150                         Bellevue, WA 98009
   TDD 1-800-210-5963
                                          Weatherization Assistance
                                          1-800-562-1482, Option 1




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AddItIonAL InFoRmAtIon

Each language version of Helpful Connections has a closing
section written by a member of the community in his or her
own language. Each is distinct, with additional information
they wanted to share with new immigrants and refugees, aside
from what appears in other parts of the Guide. Included here are the
English translations of all their contributions.

 Chinese by grace kuan
Greetings! Welcome to the Eastside! Chinese people always say, “It’s easier to
stay home for a thousand years than relocate to a different place for just one
day”. We understand the difficulties and challenges you face around housing,
education, health care, benefits, and access to public resources. We hope the
listed resources will provide you with some useful information.

Besides the wealth of information listed in this guide, we find that many of our
new neighbors find these other resources helpful: Chinese newspapers to learn
about community events and information, Chinese churches to connect with
other community members, and Chinese schools to help our children keep our
language, culture and traditions alive.

In addition, many cities offer wonderful programs and activities for all ages
through their Parks and Recreation Departments. Summer camps, swimming
lessons, and senior activities are just a few. Please contact your local city hall
or visit their web site for the most up to date information.

Newspapers
   -	 Asia	Today	(206)	365-8807
   -	 亞美商報	(206)	367-6563	
   -	 Seattle	Chinese	Post	(206)	223-0623
   -	 Seattle	Chinese	News	(206)	622-6371
   -	 World	Journal		(206)	682-2888
   -	 Sing	Tao	Daily	(206)	325-0382
   -	 全美電視	(206)	447-2288
   -	 華商指南	(206)	367-6563
   -	 西城時報	(206)	621-8863
Churches
   -	 西雅圖靈糧堂	(425)	454-2165
   -	 東區証道堂	(425)	894-4921
   -	 南區証道堂	(253)	639-5683
   -	 湖東教會	(425)	820-5202
   -	 台語教會	(425)	746-7107

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     -	 西雅圖聖公會使徒堂	(425)	644-1613
     -	 東區基督徒教會	(425)	747-0889
     -	 西雅圖東區華人宣聖會	(425)	451-8057
     -	 真光基督教會	(425)	391-4258
     *完整教會名錄請查詢華商指南或福音報紙
  Schools
     - 西北中文學校	(206)	349-6927
     -	 西雅圖中文學校	(425)	747-1749
     -	 苗克瑞克漢語學校	(425)	487-6196
     -	 華盛頓中文學校	(425)	868-5429
     -	 普捷灣中文學校	(206)	752-8638
     -	 西雅圖台語教會中文學校	(206)	522-8084
     -	 西塔中文學校	(253)	661-2010
     -	 逸仙中文學校	(206)	625-9955
     -	 Sammamish樹人中文學校	(206)	618-6903
     *如有遺漏可查詢華商指南

  As the leading provider of social services to the Chinese community for over 30
  years, CISC would like to help you in your transition into your new community.
  For further questions, please visit our website www.cisc-seattle.org or call
  (206) 388-0159, (206) 388-0160 or (206) 624-5633.

      關何曉梅
      Grace	Kuan

   korean by daniel Inbae kim
  Welcome to the Eastside! If you are a newcomer you may need some local
  information specific to the Korean culture. Below you will find Korean Churches,
  restaurants, grocery and video stores and contact information to Seattle and
  King County newspapers in Korean. Also, every Friday from 10:00 – 12:00 a
  Korean speaking volunteer is available to help you at the Crossroads Mini City
  Hall, located inside the Crossroads Shopping Center. His name is Daniel Kim
  and he has lived on the Eastside for more than 20 years. He would be more
  than happy to help with information, referrals and interpretation. Stop in and
  say hello; he’d like to meet you and offer tips on getting connected in your new
  community.

  Crossroads Mini City Hall
  15600 NE 8th Suite H-9
  Bellevue
  (425) 452-2800




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Korean Churches                            Korean Restaurants
15318 SE Newport Way                       Seoul Olympic Restaurant
Bellevue 98006                             1200 112th AV NE
425-562-1508                               Bellevue
                                           (425) 455-9305
10936 NE 24th St.
Bellevue 98004                             Southgate Korean BBQ
425-941-4980                               3703 150th AV SE
                                           Bellevue, WA
6016 – 120th Ave. SE                       (425) 603-9292
Bellevue 98006
425-746-4710                               Bulgogi Korean
                                           15600 NE 8th
10431 SE 11th & Bellevue Way               Inside Crossroads Shopping Center
Bellevue 98004                             Bellevue
425-454-3690                               (425) 747-7212

3105 – 125th Ave. SE
Bellevue 98005                              Newspapers
                                            The Korean Times
Korean Grocery                              (206) 622-2229
Southgate Oriental Market
3900 Factoria Blvd SE #E,                   The Korea Daily
Bellevue, WA 98006                          (2060 365-4000
(425) 643-4244
                                            Video
Paldo Oriental Grocery                      Southgate Video
549 156th AV SE                             3900 Factoria Blvd. SE #H
Bellevue, WA 98007                          Bellevue
(425) 641-1970                              (425) 649-0433


 Spanish written by the grupo de madres
 Latinas de Crossroads (Crossroads Latin mothers group)
Be very strong and self reliant because when we have just arrived everything
is very difficult, and if you feel alone, ask for help. I suffered a lot when I first
arrived but now I am very happy and can talk with other people.

Take on your new life and prepare yourself spiritually because faith is what
gives one strength to keep on fighting in this new world or this new city.

Look for more orientation in your language. Try to attend events in your
language so you can meet more people. Try to find good friends that listen to
you and so you can also listen to them.
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  Welcome! As time goes by we meet people and perhaps you will meet some
  bad people, but in life you must take the positive things and leave the negative
  things aside. But the most important thing is that in me you can find a friend,
  I’m here to help you.

  I recommend to you the community center at Crossroads. The Mothers Group
  can give you the help you need. So that you don’t give up, go out, have fun, look
  for friends, go for a walk, converse, laugh, sing, dance and always say: I have to
  get ahead, never say no, and this way you will keep your mental health.

  Don’t feel that you are less than others because you are an immigrant, because
  there are many of us in this situation. Don’t be afraid to go look for a job or go
  out in the street, or look for financial assistance, or mental or physical health
  assistance. There are community centers that can orient you and help you, like
  the “Crossroads Community Center”. There is no better way to be strong than
  to share with other people in the same situation.

  Look for advice or help from people who have been here longer.

  Be calm and don’t be afraid of what you hear, don’t listen to negative stories.

  Never give up because we all have an opportunity when we arrive to the United
  States. There are many reasons to not give up, for example, our family, but the
  most important thing is to always trust in God because He will never abandon
  us. We only have to be very strong to get ahead. Let’s fight to make a better
  life. Viva la Raza Latina.

   Russian Additional Information by olga petrova
  Russian Consulate in Seattle
  2323 Westin Building 2001, 6th Ave,
  Seattle, WA, 98121
  Phone: (206) 728-1910
  Fax: (206) 728-1871

  A big number of immigrants from former USSR live in King County. That’s why
  there are a lot of Russian speaking doctors, restaurants and groceries with
  Russian food.

  A list of services where you can find Russian speaking staff or Russian food
  below:


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                               Health Services
 Advanced Family Medicine                Gynecologist Michael Davidov
 1940 116th Ave NE, Suite 200,           34509 9th Ave S, Suite 207,
 Bellevue, WA, 98004                     Federal Way, WA
 Phone: (425) 453-6838                   Phone: (253) 815-9595
                                         Fax: (253) 815- 9797
 Dentist Efim Tulchinsky
 Madera Dental Center
 15710 NE 24th St., Suite A,
 Bellevue, WA 98008
 Phone: (425) 865-0411
                        Education and Child Care
 Child Care:                             School:
 Phone: (425) 745-1098,                  (425) 653-9581,
 (425) 350-6315                          (206) 755- 3183
                               Grocery Stores
 International Deli                      From Russia With Love
 K-Mart Plaza,                           1424 156th Ave. N.E.,
 15015 Main St.,                         Bellevue, WA 98007
 Bellevue, WA, 98007                     Phone: (425) 603-0701
 Phone: (425) 865-0439
                                 Restaurants
 My favorite Piroshki                    My Favorite Piroshki
 1010 Bellevue Square,                   Crossroads Mall,
 first level,                            Bellevue, WA,
 Bellevue, WA                            Phone: (425) 401-9870
 Phone: (425) 646-9354


You can also buy Russian food in stores like Whole Foods, Larry’s Market, and
Uwajimaya.

American Laws:
It is illegal in USA to leave children under 12 on their own without adult care.
You must understand that if you leave your child at home alone, then your
neighbor may call the police. It’s a good idea to find good child care or to
hire a nurse for your children. School buses will pick up children to school and
drive them back after studies. You need to meet your children after schools at
a certain place to take them home.



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  It is illegal in US to drink alcohol beverages in public places. You can drink
  alcohol at home, on private parties or in a bar, but only if you 21 or older.

  Telemarketers are people who sell their products or services via phone calls.
  Persons from different organizations may call you (only from 8 am to 9 pm)
  and offer something or ask for donations or notify that you won some prize,
  like trip to the Disney Land. Prizes often require you to attend real estate
  timeshare presentation and buy some property for price that by far exceeds the
  cost of the prize. If you find such calls tiresome or unpleasant you can always
  ask telemarketers to put your phone number to “Do Not Call List”.

  Auto insurance is mandatory in US. Always keep you insurance in the car so
  you can show it to policeman if asked.

  Rules of the road in US are easy to learn. In the Department of Licensing you
  can ask for free Driver Guide in Russian. You can take the Knowledge Test in
  Russian too.

  Some rules of the road are different from those in Russia. For example, if you
  see flash- lights of the policeman’s vehicle that means you need to pull over
  and stop. Choose a safe place to stop and do not prevent other vehicles from
  moving. Hold both hands on the steering wheel and do not try to get out of your
  car until asked by the police officer. Remember that any sudden movement can
  be considered dangerous to officer.
  Important information about school buses: you must stop when a school bus
  has stopped with its red lights flashing whether it is on your side of the road or
  on the opposite side. You don’t need to stop for a school bus if the road is three
  lanes or more or if it’s separated by a barrier and you are driving in opposite
  direction.

  It is illegal to drive when your blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08 or above.
  The best advice is: if you drink alcohol, do not drive. Driving under influence is
  a serious criminal misdemeanor and offenders of this law are imprisoned.

  Banking
  US banking system is very reliable. Almost all bank accounts are insured.
  Banks can offer you loans to buy a car and mortgages to buy a house.

  It is usual to pay for purchases with credit card. When you use your credit
  card, credit bureaus record your credit history and calculate your credit score.
  Conditions for your next loans depend on your previous credit history, and
  better history generally allows you to get bigger loans with smaller interest
  rates. With credit card you can shop on-line, pay your bills, and buy groceries.
  But there are some disadvantages. If someone knows your credit card number

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he can make purchases with it. Do not let strangers know your credit card
number.
Some organizations like banks and hospitals need full information about you.
They will give you a complete report about privacy of your information.
There is some problems of “Stolen Identity” in US. With your credit card
number and SSN criminals can make expensive purchases. Do not let strangers
know your PIN numbers and do not make purchases on-line unless you are
sure of security of the web-site. For example, when you shop on-line and are
asked to transfer money to some suspicious company, or method of payment
is confusing do not shop there. Do not tell your Social Security Number to
strangers. Do not place you driver’s license information and SSN on resume
when you apply for a job, especially if you place your resume on a web-site. If
your identification document was lost or stolen immediately report it to police.
If your credit card is stolen call your bank, and you will be sent a replacement
(may include a fee).
US banking system is very competitive. Representatives of many banks can
call you to offer you their service. They can mail you with advertisements and
offers of credit cards. Look carefully for fine print on any such mails. Even
though title may be “You are approved for credit card”, the actual letter may
state that additional screenings are required. When you apply for a credit card
or a loan and your application is rejected, your credit history suffers. Do not
open too many credit cards. Balancing of all credits may be hard and failure
to do it may cause bankruptcy. Balance your credit card debt on time; it helps
to earn good credit history.
Many shops in US provide loans for expensive items. If you apply for a loan
please read carefully for its terms and conditions.




 vietnamese Additional info by kristy nguyen
Welcome to the Eastside! In this guide, you will find information, lists of
agencies, shops, and businesses to help you settle in.

Please remember that government agencies are a good source of information.
Here in the United States, whether or not you are a citizen, you are entitled
to certain inalienable rights and opportunities, such as education, housing,
medical, employment, etc. So, feel free to drop by any one of these agencies if
you ever have questions.

If you are nostalgic for a taste of home, please visit the Vietnamese restaurant
located inside the Crossroads Shopping Center.



 East King County Multilingual Resource Guide       YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD 99
  Papaya Vietnamese Restaurant
  15600 NE 8th
  Bellevue, WA 98008
  425-643-8999

  If you are looking to purchase or refinance a home, and would like to meet a
  loan officer that speaks your language, please visit or call: Jacqueline Nguyen
  at Bank of America

  Bank of America Mortgage
  South Seattle Multicultural Office
  225 Tukwila Parkway
  Tukwila, WA 98188
  (206) 243-4030




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ConvERSIon tABLES

Area, Length and distance:
 Kilometer into Miles Multiply by 0.62
 Miles into Kilometers Multiply by 1.61
 Meters into Feet Multiply by 3.28
 Feet into Meters Multiply by 0.3
 1 meter = 100 centimeters = 1000 millimeters = 1.094 yards = 3.28 feet = 39.4 inches
 1 kilometer = 1000 meters = 0.621 miles = 3281 feet
 1 acre = 4047 meters squared = 4840 yards squared = 43,650 ft squared
 1 inch = 2.54 centimeters
 1 foot = 0.3048 meters = 30.48 centimeters
 1 foot = 12 inches
 1 yard = 3 feet
 1 mile = 5280 feet
Weight:
 Pounds into Kilograms Multiply by 0.45
 Kilograms into Pounds Multiply by 2.21
 Grams into Ounces Multiply by 0.035
 Ounces into Grams Multiply by 28.35
 1 kilogram = 1000 grams = 2.205 pounds = 35.3 ounces
 1 gram = .035 ounce
 100grams = 3.5 ounces
 500 grams = 1.10 pounds
 1 kilogram = 2.205 pounds
 1 kilogram = 35oz
 1 pound = 16oz
volume:
 Liters into Gallons (US) Multiply by 0.26
 Liters into Gallons (UK) Multiply by 0.22
 1 liter= 1000ml = 0.26 gallons= 1.057 quarts = 2.113 pints = 33.8 fluid ounces = 4.16
   cups
 1 teaspoon = 5 ml
 1 tablespoon = 15ml
 3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon
 1 fluid oz. = 30 ml
 1 cup = 240ml
 1 pint (2 cups) = 470ml
 1 quart (4 cups) = 940ml
 1 gallon (4 quarts) = 3.8 liters
temperature:
 Fahrenheit to Celsius/Centigrade    Subtract 32 then multiply by 0.55
 Celsius/Centigrade to Fahrenheit    Multiply by 1.8 and add 32
time:
 U.S. time 2 blocks of 12 hours (12am-11:59am and 12pm-11:59pm)
US Time zones:
 Pacific (WA state’s time zone): if noon here, then
 Mountain: 1 hour ahead, 1pm
 Central: 2 hours ahead, 2pm
 Eastern: 3 hours ahead, 3pm

				
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